Conceived by the Institut Marquès, a Spanish gynecology clinic, has developed Babypod, a device meant to transmit unmuddled sound directly in utero.
Built around a study which demonstrated that developing fetuses are able to react to sound at the 16 week mark, Babypod is meant to induce a response of vocal movements, stimulating mother and child connection in a more clear and concise way than with the more traditional abdominal headphones.
Practically, Babypod is a speaker, which can be inserted into the vagina via tampons, which can be connected to a smartphone. Scientifically, Institut Marquès claims that the Babypod “stimulates the vocalization of babies before birth through music and encourages their neural development…with Babypod, babies learn to vocalize from the womb.”
Babypod is also equipped with an app, which features lists of the most stimulating playlists. No word yet on the customisation aspect, but I’d probably go with Ben Klock’s recent Essential Mix of the Year for mini me.