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  • "Cry Translator" App Translates Babies' Screams


    I don't have any way of testing this myself, but it's not April 1 so I'm going to assume it's legit.

    Wired Gadget Lab today put up a feature on Biloop Technologic's "Cry Translator" app, which supposedly listens to the pitch, volume, tone and inflection of a child's cries and analyzes it to determine if the child is in one of five states: hungry, sleepy, stressed, annoyed or bored.

    The app seems ready-made for ridicule (really? you need "an app for that?" really? consider a dog instead), though Wired makes a reasonable point: the app is of value to both new parents and caregivers - like babysitters - who haven't had experience in interpreting the cries of an infant.

    The developer, Biloop Technologic, claims that clinical tests have proven the app to be accurate 96% of the time. A spokesperson, Lori McKnight, said that the sounds a baby makes are innate to the human, and thus transcend the parents' nationality or language.
    There are five distinct cries that have common frequency patterns, regardless of culture or language. A mother learns these over time, but this can help speed up the learning curve, and also help dads and caregivers.
    The app is available on iTunes for $29.99 and I would love to hear if anyone with kid-access and $30 to spare (two conditions which seldom both obtain simultaneously) has any experience with this.

    image via Wired
    This article was originally published in forum thread: "Cry Translator" App Translates Babies' Screams started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 31 Comments
    1. madczech's Avatar
      madczech -
      hhaahaha i mean how should that work?!
    1. yahoowizard's Avatar
      yahoowizard -
      Quote Originally Posted by z28kid View Post
      lol, Are people too lazy to learn what a babies cry means? Is that not part of becoming a new parent?

      I find that pretty funny regarding the cat purrer and dog barker translators. When a dog barks it means two things. Stranger or Ball. lol
      I guess we just need to attach the iPhone to a machine, and the machine will take care of the feeding, caring, and playing with the baby, lol. Then, watch them blame the machines when the kids go bad.
    1. truenorth's Avatar
      truenorth -
      Saw the Oprah show where the Aussie woman who observed this behavior in babies was a guest. I was so skeptical I laughed at first. But she demonstrated to a live audience that her systems works. A baby who cried incessantly during the show stopped within seconds! Keep an open mind, folks.

      Just dunno if this app has anything to do with that woman or her book.
    1. punkstar31's Avatar
      punkstar31 -
      Quote Originally Posted by z28kid View Post
      lol, Are people too lazy to learn what a babies cry means? Is that not part of becoming a new parent?

      I find that pretty funny regarding the cat purrer and dog barker translators. When a dog barks it means two things. Stranger or Ball. lol
      Or "squirrel".

      Sorry.. I just saw "Up".

      EDIT:
      Double sorry.. didn't read the second page of the post and noticed someone beat me to it.
    1. liton's Avatar
      liton -
      Great concept but stupid software so far what I learn from the peoples feedback on iTunes store.
    1. THEINFAMOUS's Avatar
      THEINFAMOUS -
    1. DarkWhite's Avatar
      DarkWhite -
      Doesn't work on my baby, maybe it's her accent
    1. ifonemaniac's Avatar
      ifonemaniac -
      Quote Originally Posted by fleurya View Post
      Well if no other South Park fan is going to say it, then I will:

      "Simpsons did it!!!"
      damn it, i opened this POS thread with every intention of typing that.... oh well ...maybe next they'll make an app that will block out the sun! Or maybe a monorail app.
    1. imilad's Avatar
      imilad -
      This would have been an awesome app if it actually worked... look at the reviews on iTunes EVERYONE is complaining.
    1. nighthawk283's Avatar
      nighthawk283 -
      HAHAH sure
    1. SchmilK's Avatar
      SchmilK -
      As my wife said "If you need an iphone to determine what your baby needs, then you are spending too much time with the phone and not enough time with the baby" LOL but I had to try it anyways, we have our first baby who is 9 weeks old...unfortunately most of the time it responds with 'Bored' alot of the time it says 'Error, maybe the baby is too far away'

      Whatever, it was a good way for some jerk to make a quick buck and get popular LOL...