Kitsch, Keepsake or Keep Away from Me? A 3D Baby Fetus ReplicaMeredith Carroll
As technology becomes increasingly sophisticated, so, too, do the benefits for the little, not-so-bright people, like me. I’m hardly crafty, but lately I’m a veritable Martha Stewart thanks to a fancy-schmancy printer/scanner that’s so surprisingly simple to use I’m convinced goldfish (the real ones or the snack crackers) could operate it. Plus, most of the time when I’m baking or scrapbooking, it’s with my nearly-4-year-old daughter, so when you compare my work to hers, I’m like a suburban Picasso.
The point is that I’m doing all kinds of cool, keepsake-y stuff with and for my kids thanks to advancements in technology. I have art-y photos of positive pregnancy tests (I’m above saving the actual stick with pee on it), ultrasound photos, hospital ID bracelets. I have meaningful collages in my daughters’ baby books. I give gifts of baby hand and footprints to grandparents. Some of it requires my fancy-schmancy printer/scanner. Some of it just requires patience and some well-placed glue and magic markers.
Here’s what I couldn’t do for my girls when I was pregnant, however, that expecting moms can do for their unborn kids today: Make a miniature 3D replica of their fetus.
Of course the larger question is, would I really want to have done this even if I could?
The answer is no, by the way. No. And, ew.
This Japanese company called Fasotec makes miniature 3D replicas of fetuses and then encases them in jewelry boxes for $1,280 a pop, according to CNET.
It’s called “Shape of the Angel” and you have to go to a clinic in Tokyo to get an MRI, the image of which is then fashioned into a collectible fetus model made of resin.
Never mind the 3D ultrasound photos that plenty of obstetricians will take for you in their office. Never mind the boring old baby keepsakes like hospital ID bracelets and your baby’s first little hat.
By all means, spend more than the cost of some health insurance pregnancy deductibles for what appears to be an unborn alien trapped inside of an ice cube and then stuffed in a tacky jewelry box.
It’s the keepsake of the future — to remember what you were like before you had a past.
Would you want one of these?
Photo credit: Fasotec