How Inventive: The Artificial Mommy Breast

Just as good as the real thing? Photo by Keystone/Getty Images

How inventive! Here we see a 1963 photo of the next big thing infant sleep aids: the artificial breast with built-in heartbeat from the Japanese Majima company. As far as I can tell, this technology didn't quite catch on. Amazon sells plenty of artificial breasts for adults and electronic heartbeat devices for infants, but zero cross over. Let me know if you discover anything.

About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.