Modern lifestyles force many parents to spend considerable time away from one another, and their babies. In some cases, parents are separated by hundreds or thousands of miles due to their careers and other factors. This can place a strain on their relationship as husband and wife, and throw their roles as caregivers into disarray. The Honeycomb is a suite of devices that enable physically separated spouses to connect with one another by providing sensory experiences of archetypal parenting activities from various stages of babyhood.
While my wife was pregnant with our son, Tyler, I found myself wanting to find a way to connect with her when the baby was being active in the womb. I created the first device of The Honeycomb, the Kickbee, as a way to receive text messages whenever the baby kicked inside her belly. That project received significant attention on the internet, and I heard from a number of parents who were pregnant with a child that were either separated by their daily commute, or by thousands of miles, due to their careers. These parents wanted a Kickbee of their own so they could maintain an emotional connection as spouses and as parents-to-be. This touched me deeply, and made me wonder what other ways could be developed to allow parents to connect with one another while separated.