Tom Cruise may have made the wrong decision in buying himself and his lady love a sonogram to see the progress of their unborn baby, but he could be forgiven for his mistake because, after all, he didn’t have access to this special gadget.
The Beforme is an mp3 player cum stethoscope shaped like an embryo that every expecting mother would weep to get their hands on. This non-medical device allows you, with just the click of a single button, to listen to the heartbeats of your child. Imagine striking a bond with your child that goes beyond the tactile. Designed by Elzbieta Madej in close collaboration with Robert Majkut, the idea for Beforme sprang into Madej’s mind while in mourning for her sister’s child. Beforme gives the mother not just the option of listening to the baby’s heartbeats, but also of recording this so that it could be played over for the doctor to get his okay on the baby’s progress. These recordings could also become the starting of a Baby Diary; imagine listening to them with your child after its birth. Recordings can also be sent to the computer via USB cable or Bluetooth.
Beforme is the debut product of Puffi Santel Intergalactico and its creation is a joint venture of PSI and Robert Majkut Design. The companies are currently preparing the prototype of the device that would be made available on the market in time. Beforme will include headphones, corps and stethoscope as part of it and will even display the heartbeats as a graph and allow the mother to make an analysis of the baby’s healthy progress. The product may become more popular amongst fathers, though, since they are denied the close bond mothers enjoy with the child.