BabyBumper: Protector / Communication Wearable Device For Pregnant Women

Publication/Creation Date
September 9 2015
Risa Hiyama (creator)
Mondo Saito (creator)
Yasuto Nakanishi (creator)
Yuka Hirose (creator)
Sho Arisumi (creator)
Keio University (contributor)
Tufts University (contributor)
Media Type
Journal Article
Persuasive Intent

From the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies at Keio University, this paper introduces BabyBumper, a wearable device with a sensor system for pregnant women that can monitor rough external pushes, the kicks of an unborn baby, and the physical communication between a mother and a child. In crowded cities like Tokyo, pregnant women are confronted with many obstacles routinely; such as overly crowded trains or buses at rush hours, overtime working duties, loss of family support and communication, etc. All of these obstacles contribute to mothers’ excessive stress in Japan. After several iterations of prototyping, we created a functional prototype called BabyBumper that has the potential to reduce stress and improve the overall quality of life for mothers and their unborn children during pregnancy. This paper describes the projects purpose, visual and interaction concept, system overview, and future work.
HCI Platform
Discursive Type
Location on Body
Abdomen, Groin

Date archived
October 31 2015
Last edited
November 16 2018
How to cite this entry
Risa Hiyama, Mondo Saito, Yasuto Nakanishi, Yuka Hirose, Sho Arisumi. (September 9 2015). "BabyBumper: Protector / Communication Wearable Device For Pregnant Women ". 2015 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing Adjunct Publication (UbiComp/ISWC 2015 Adjunct). International Joint Conference On Pervasive And Ubiquitous Computing Adjunct Publication. Fabric of Digital Life.