Can an iPhone App Decipher Your Baby's Cries?

By Brett Israel
Nov 7, 2009 3:55 AMNov 20, 2019 1:20 AM


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A new baby translator is now available for your iPhone. It won't translate your babies gurgles and screams into "lavish attention on me, and entertain me," or "I want what the cat's eating," but the inventors claim the app will analyze your baby's cries and tell you roughly what the little one is trying to say. According to Fox News:

The Cry Translator uses patented technology to analyze the tone and duration of the cries and match them to one of five possible types: hungry, sleepy, annoyed, stressed or bored.

No, the translator wasn't built by Herb Powell (of the memorable Simpsons episode), but rather by Spanish developer Biloop Technologic. The developer claims that the app was shown to be 90 percent accurate in clinical trials, although they don't say if these trials were published in a scientific journal (so presumably not). However, if your wailing baby befuddles you, or if you want to be an obnoxious back-seat parent, you can pick up the translator for $9.99. Related Content: Discoblog: New “Live Happy” iPhone App Claims to Bring iHappiness Discoblog: Want to Cure Your Fear of Flying? There’s an App for That. Discoblog: Finally! An iPhone App That Lets You Track Your Bathroom Habits

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