Mother Reunites With Deceased Daughter in VR

If given a chance, do you wish to meet your loved ones in VR (Virtual Reality) who might have deceased? Well, a Korean mother had the chance to reunites with her daughter again in VR even though she passed away in 2016 due to an incurable disease.

In this incredibly sad and touching MBC documentary called “I Met You” (translated from Korean 너를 만났다), the mother met her daughter “again” in VR.

The daughter, Nayeon, was diagnosed with an incurable disease and she passed away in 2016 when she was 7 years old. With technology, the two were able to meet again.

“Maybe it’s a real paradise,” Jang Ji-sung, the mother of four children, said of the moment she met her deceased daughter, Nayeon. “I met Nayeon, who called me with a smile, for a very short time, but it’s a very happy time. I think I’ve had the dream I’ve always wanted.”

To make this magical moment to happen, the production team took 8 months of hard work to incorporate a believable scene where the mother and the VR daughter interact briefly in Virtual Reality.

Prepare some tissues and check out the video. Note that the video is in Korean.

There are a lot of complexity in executing this scene via VR. A child actor was used to capture the motion with motion capture technology. The park is replicated from one that the mother and child used to visit in real life.

Sometimes, I feel it is cruel to let the mother go through this process of meeting and leaving her.

However, when you watch the video, you will realize that the mother really enjoyed the short period of “meeting” her daughter again.

Check out the complexity of this project.

Maybe in the near future, with AI and advance in AR or VR, we could really make it better. What do you think?

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