Jace Larke was 4000 kilometres away when his wife Alison went into labour with their third child. But the power of technology put him right there in the delivery room. This powerful and heartwarming story captured on video will leave you reaching for the tissues.
For fly in, fly out (FIFO) workers and other families separated by vast distances, virtual reality technology may be the “next best thing” to physically being there. Share in the incredible journey of Jace and Alison, two parents from Perth who experience what electronics company Samsung claims is the first birth ever live-streamed using virtual reality technology as they welcome their third son into the world, together.
The video captures the story of life for families that are kept apart by their working lifestyle with brilliant accuracy and honesty. It’s obvious when watching Alison and Jace discuss their lifestyle that it can be tough on everyone involved. For FIFO workers, as for those in our defence forces, missing out on special moments, such as the first day of school, birthdays and even Christmas, is a part of life.
But even though Jace was all the way on the other side of the country, in a remote Queensland mining town, he was able to be there with his wife, coaching her through each contraction and sharing in the amazing journey that no parent should miss out on. From the moment she arrives at the hospital to the moment she holds their newborn son for the first time, Jace is able to witness it. And, best of all, Alison is able to talk to him, to hear his words of encouragement and to rely on him for support even if he is not physically there.
While the video is clearly a plug for the Samsung Gear VR, we have to admit that it is uplifting. There is no denying just how far we’ve come and how close technology can bring us.
Would you consider using a voice over internet protocol system like Skype or the Samsung VR to bring your family closer during these special moments?
(via Sydney Morning Herald)