Samsung Voices of Life

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For babies, the sound of their mother's voice isn't just comforting -- it can be the key to healthy brain development. That's not easy to manage for premature babies stuck in incubators, though, and Samsung thinks smartphones might help o

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Samsung is developing a new way to connect parents and preemies through the healing power of sound. "Voices of Life," a Launching People initiative, enables a mother's voice and heartbeat to be transmitted to a baby inside an incubator, which has been shown both to help parents bond with their babies and to enable babies to receive the maternal sounds they need for healthy brain development. A baby starts to hear sounds in utero around 24 weeks, but for the 15 million premature babies born each year, the nurturing sound of the womb is lost. Research suggests that exposure to a mother’s voice and heartbeat can help a preemie’s brain develop and grow. Launching People, a global campaign by Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., designed to help consumers unleash their potential and create meaningful change through the use of Samsung technology, initiated this pilot program. Through the "Voice of Life" app and Samsung speaker technology, a mother's voice and heartbeat will be "wombified" for baby's ears (a process which removes high frequencies not present in the womb), and then sent to the incubator at NICU.