Virtual Reality (VR) technology has made it possible for a bereaved mother to ‘reconcile’ with her deceased daughter in South Korea.
According to AFP, a TV program, ‘Ietu’, was attended by a woman named Jang Ji-sung, in which the production team used VR technology to ‘reunite’ the mother with her deceased daughter.
The team developed a simulation showing Na-yeon, a 7-year-old daughter of Jang Ji-sung, who died in 2016 as a result of an illness and met the bereaved mother.
The mother said on this occasion, “I met Na-yeon, who called me with a smile, it was a short-lived meeting but it was a good time. I think it was a dream I had always wanted to interpret.”
The team used a child model for animation while using the face, body and voice of the Na-yeon to create a virtual baby.
When the mother reunited with her daughter, the scene was filmed for a documentary.
In the video, Jung can be seen wearing VR glasses with tears streaming down his eyes as she sees the virtual daughter coming towards her saying, “Where are you, mom?” Do you miss me?’
To which Jung said, ‘I have missed you Na-yeon’.
Making and filming Virtual Na-yeon took 8 months, but the production team said that the purpose was to provide comfort to the bereaved family rather than promote virtual reality.