In the heartbreaking clip, the young girl can be heard asking, "Mom, where were you? Do you miss me?" Her visibly upset and sobbing mom responds, "I do, every day..."
A South Korean mother was 'reunited' with her dead daughter through the help of a virtual reality headset and a whole lot of incredible technology. Jang Ji-sung featured on the documentary I Met You in which a futuristic virtual reality world was created to enable her to meet her deceased daughter, Nayeon, who died three years ago, at the age of 7.
The documentary aired on Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation, which later shared a heart-breaking clip of the mother's interaction with her virtually developed daughter on Youtube. The clip clearly shows Ji-sung entering a green room wearing a VR headset and soon the scene leads to a park, which Ji-sung and her daughter would often visit. The young girl steps out from behind a bench and rushes towards her mom. She then initiates a conversation with "Mom, where were you?, Do you miss me?", the young girl could be heard saying to which the visibly upset and sobbing mom, responds "I do, every day..."
Jang Ji-sung took part in a controversial South Korean TV documentary that used technology to "reunite" her with an avatar of her daughter Nayeon. https://t.co/BB6FHWbJov— IOL News (@IOL) February 12, 2020
According to AJU News Daily, the pair continue their conversation while telling they miss each other. Ji-sung then reached her hand out to touch her daughter wearing specially designed touch-sensitive gloves before the pair walk around and deciding to settle down on a bench nearby where a birthday cake has been set up. As the clip progresses, Ji-sung could be seen getting emotional as do several onlookers, including a few members of the family.
Loads of chat about this in the XR channel at work today. My opinion: Generally, this kind of thing is neither good or bad, but is highly contextual dependent on the individuals affected, their culture and level of involvement in the recreation process. https://t.co/WdmBPrmaMo— Rob Scott (@robscottsays) February 11, 2020
AJU News Daily further reported that the makers of the documentary worked for eight months to make this happen, and even used motion sensor technology and an eight-year-old actor to ensure VR Nayeon moved the same as a young girl. "Maybe it's a real paradise. 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", the grieving mother said.
On Thursday, the Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation shared a clip from the special documentary, titled “I Met You,” on its YouTube page, with the footage cutting between the “real world” and the virtual one. https://t.co/DrAXxZhdUL— DIMAS 👁 (@dimas_______) February 8, 2020
"Three years later, I now think I should love her more than miss her and feel sick so that I can be confident when I meet her later. I hope many people will remember Nayeon after watching the show," Jang wrote on her blog about the experience. She said she decided to appear in the documentary to comfort "someone who has lost a child like me, or who has lost a brother or a parent."Disclaimer : This is based on sources and we have been unable to verify this information independently.