MORK FROM ORK? OR A BUN IN THE HOUSEHOLD OVEN?
The future is here, or will be soon. An old concept but a new realized design offers a potential bridge between science fiction and domestic fact with an incubator that will work from the comfort of your own home. It’s an idea that has floated in the waiting to become real, where babies can be grown in an incubator safely, healthily and leaving the mothers independent and safe as well.
SOON EVERYONE WILL GROW THEIR BABIES AT HOME, MOTHERS FREE TO AVOID RIGORS OF PREGNANCY AND LABOR
This idea shows how “similar products may be the future of surrogacy and pregnancy,” according to creators Futurism. This iteration shows a postmodern vision of an incubator, shaped like a thematic egg with a transparent cover allowing the developing child to be completely in view.
INCUBATOR EQUIPPED TO DELIVER FOOD, ALLOW PARENTS TO TALK TO GROWING BABIES
Alongside this incubator, Futurism has also conceptualized a slow in which food of the parent(s) can be distributed into the artificial womb, while they can also communicate with the unborn baby using a separate microphone. This microphone allows the user to communicate with the baby as they are developing.
THIS IS AN “OBVIOUS” FANTASY STILL TODAY, BUT WE’LL IMAGINE IT BETTER SOON
This concept is obviously not being brought to market, and comparable technology remains a long way off from becoming a potential reality. However, earlier this year a team of researchers managed to successfully design an artificial womb for animals for the first time ever, with doctors at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) managed to successfully grow a lamb in a vessel that could potentially be used as incubation for human babies in the future.
The study, published in Nature Communications, revealed how a “biobag” had been used in order to keep a lamb fetus in the conditions needed for it to grow. While the study’s authors stated that the technology was not able to support a baby through the entirety of its gestation, it would be able to help babies that had been born prematurely.