Mother Plays With Deceased Daughter in VR Recreation

A grieving mother was recently given the chance be reunited with a recreation of her deceased daughter in virtual reality. Jang Ji-sung’s daughter Nayeon died in 2016 from an incurable disease at the age of seven.The video (uploaded by MBC Documentary) of Ji-sun interacting with her deceased daughter was aired as part of a South Korean documentary on February 6. The team behind the documentary spent eight months creating the VR recreation of Nayeon, reports PC Gamer.

[Image Credit: MBCDocumentary]

With a headset and pair of haptic gloves, Ji-sung was able to virtually play with a rendering of her daughter, and could even hear an approximation of her actual voice.

In the documentary clip linked above, viewer’s were able to witness the emotional moment when Ji-sung was reunited with her virtually rendered daughter. The clip is around ten-minutes long, with the majority of it showing Ji-sung having a picnic in the park with Nayeon.

An emotional family watched on as the grieving mother spoke and played with Nayeon’s VR recreation. Due to the nature of the topic, the video is difficult to watch — so please take that into consideration before viewing.

Interacting with deceased loved ones is something that has yet to be fully explored yet by VR technology. Despite some concerns that it could negatively affect the grieving process, there are a handful of companies that are currently exploring VR capabilities in this area.

VR technology has come a long way over the past few years, with developers being able to use it to offer experience’s that other forms of media cannot. However, VR is still struggling to take off, indicated by Sony’s recent closure of its first-party VR studio, which never released a game.

Andrew Smith is a freelance contributor with IGN. Follow him on Twitter @_andrewtsmith.


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