Technology helps to shape the future of humanity and nowhere more than the Far East, or so it seems. Cell phones are acquired almost at birth and Internet access is pretty much universal (not to mention faster than it is here in the states). In many cases, this technology leads to great money-making opportunities, and Japanese businessmen are starting up a trend that, despite its seeming oddity, is destined to take hold across the world. They are offering to make 3D prints of your child while it is still in the womb.
Another interesting market for 3D printers is in making replicas of people - little figurines that look like you and cost about $200 bucks each. It’s only natural that they should progress this idea to expecting mothers. Through the use of an MRI the fetus can be scanned and then translated into a language that the printer speaks so that it can put together the miniature 3D image. It’s really a very simple process when it comes right down to it, which is why it’s so bloody genius.
The biggest issue is that the cost of both having an MRI and creating something from the 3D printer is rather high, running around $1200 for something that is only a few inches in height. This means that not everyone will be getting one, although those that can afford it will no doubt prefer it over keeping a simple sonogram in a scrapbook. A 3D fetus can be placed conveniently on your mantelpiece, after all, right next to pictures of the rest of the family.
Some have expressed being “weirded out” by this Japanese innovative use of the new technology, but ultimately it will catch on. People can’t pass up on their child’s early years, and how much better would it be when you can say to your son or daughter “This was you when you were minus five months old”? So say what you will about it being creepy, this is one Japanese trend that is here to stay. At least until someone invents something even better, that is.