Tokyo Make Meeting 06: Mommy Tummy lets you be Mr. Mom for a day
By Rick Martin
November 24, 2010
One of the more popular exhibits at Tokyo Make Meeting this past weekend was Mommy Tummy, a pregnancy experience simulation system developed by Kosaka Laboratory of Kanazawa Technical College. It allows men (and others who have never carried a child) to not just feel what it's like to be pregnant, but to also gradually experience the changes. The Mommy Tummy suit is pumped full of water, and the onscreen display updates you as to how far along your pregnancy has progressed. The man's breasts will get bigger as well – did I just write that? – via a pair of inflatable balloons on the front.
Already the Mommy Tummy system has won a number of awards in international and domestic competitions. Pregnancy suits are not a new idea, but the fact that the folks at Kosaka Labs went to such great lengths to simulate weight, temperature, baby movement, and even a baby's mood – that's what makes this suit so remarkable.
His baby turned out to be a girl, at which point he was given a memento photograph to take home to remember his short two-minute pregnancy. I've tried not to film his face, as he likely doesn't want his unexpected pregnancy publicized! There is also a fun promo video of Mommy Tummy on YouTube which I recommend you check out.