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  • Technology Allows Mom To 'Talk' To Deceased Daughter 3 Years After Her Death

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    by Lei Dimarucut-Sison .
Technology Allows Mom To 'Talk' To Deceased Daughter 3 Years After Her Death
PHOTO BY Screencapped from Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation/Youtube
  • It is not uncommon for those who are missing the loved ones they had lost to wish for one last chance to see, hold, and talk to them again. Jang Ji-sung of South Korea, whose daughter died from an illness in 2016 when she was only 7 years old, had the same sentiments.

    Lucky for her, technology has made it possible to do exactly that. Through virtual reality (VR), the mom and her late daughter Nayeon were reunited for close to ten minutes in a poignant documentary produced by Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC).

    Virtual reality is the simulation of an experience using computer technology. Through it, the user can see, hear, and feel elements of a virtual environment as if they really were present.

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    In the case of Jang Ji-sung, the production team worked hard to compose a virtual park similar to one where the mother and child had been when Nayeon was still alive as the setting for their reunion in “I Met You.” To recreate the child’s movements, they used motion capture technology with the help of a child model, and incorporated Nayeon’s facial and body features into it, including her voice.

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    “Where have you been, Mom? Did you think about me?” the virtual Nayeon asked her mother in Korean. In reality, Jang Ji-sung was standing inside a chroma key (green) room inside a studio commonly used for special effects, wearing a VR headset and accessories.

    “I do all the time,” the tearful mom replied in the same language. Translations were obtained from Aju Business Daily.

    “I missed mom a lot,” said Nayeon. “I missed you too,” her mom replied as emotions ran high.

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    Jang Ji-sung was able to caress her daughter’s face and comb her hair with her fingers, and Nayeon was all-smiles as she “conversed” with her mom before playfully running around in the park.

    There was a birthday cake waiting for them at the table, and the mother and child lit the 7 candles on it and sang “Happy Birthday.” Jang Ji-sung blew the candles on the cake as Nayeon “took a photo” of her with a mobile phone, coupled with a wish that her mom would never cry again. This prompted the rest of the family members — Jang Ji-sung’s husband and their three surviving children, who were watching this technological miracle unfold on the sidelines — to shed tears.

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    Jang Ji-sung and Nayeon’s short encounter ended with the latter morphing into a butterfly and bidding her mother goodbye for good. 

    The mom of four hopes that by agreeing to do this documentary, she may bring hope and comfort to “someone who has lost a child like [I did], or who has lost a brother or a parent.”

    In her now-unpublished blog, she wrote, “I hope many people will remember Nayeon after watching the show.”

    Watch the video below:

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