Co-creating a bespoke antenatal sonic environment, using mobile technology, to impact positively on the relationship that parents have with their unborn baby

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    Abstract

    Technology-enabled care (TEC) is now an integral element of the solutions to many of the challenges facing the health and social care sectors [1]. Incorporation of multimedia and immersive technologies can enhance provision of care [2]. This paper outlines the development of an audio-visual mobile app which facilitates the co-creation by prospective parents of a bespoke sonic environment, relevant to them and to the unborn child. It is proposed that the interactive process by which the parents virtually construct a palette of sound objects, comprising familiar voices, elemental sounds and short musical extracts, then co-design an original soundscape, can enhance engagement of the parents, particularly the often under-represented fathers [3], in the antenatal process.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2017 23rd International Conference on Virtual Systems and Multimedia, VSMM 2017
    PublisherIEEE
    Pages1-4
    Number of pages4
    Volume2018-January
    ISBN (Electronic)9781538644935
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 26 Apr 2018
    Event23rd International Conference on Virtual Systems and Multimedia, VSMM 2017 - Dublin, Ireland
    Duration: 31 Oct 20174 Nov 2017

    Publication series

    NameProceedings of 2017 23rd International Conference on Virtual System & Multimedia (VSMM)
    PublisherIEEE
    Number17733112
    ISSN (Electronic)2474-1485

    Conference

    Conference23rd International Conference on Virtual Systems and Multimedia, VSMM 2017
    CountryIreland
    CityDublin
    Period31/10/174/11/17

    Keywords

    • co-creation
    • iterative design
    • pregnancy and parents
    • sonic environment
    • sound design

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