London - They'll never know what it is like to be pregnant – but now men can feel their unborn baby kicking.
A smart bracelet transmits a baby’s womb movements through the wearer’s wrist so that men do not feel "left out".
The mother wears a "kick-monitor patch" connecting to the band through a wireless connection – and uses rotating beads inside to mimic the child’s movement.
A signal is sent in real time so when the mother is feeling something the father feels it too. The Fibo bracelet is being developed by Danish engineers.
Sandra Petursdottir, of startup First Bond wearables, said: "While the mother gets the first-hand feeling of the little one growing in her belly, the dad can feel a bit left out. The mama is wearing a kick-monitor patch — a technology produced by another startup — which detects the baby’s actions".
She explained that if the child moves to the right, the rotating beads do the same. Similarly, if the child moves downwards the beads go to the base of the wristband. Miss Petursdottir said: "The sharing happens instantly so the person wearing the wristband will feel the movement in real time."
First Bond Wearables showed off their products at the Polar Bear Pitching competition in Oulu, Finland, Newsweek reported.
No launch date has yet been set but it is hoped a market-ready device will be ready at some point next year.