Need to Decode Baby's Cries? There's an App for That
Hungry cry? Wet cry? Your baby’s trying to tell you something. And scientists from the National Taiwan University Hospital Yunlin have a pretty good idea of what that something is.
A team of researchers spent two years creating the Infant Cries Translator App to help parents differentiate between four distinct types of baby cries: hungry, in pain, sleepy or in need of a diaper change.
How does it work? The app records the cry and compares it to a large database, taking about 15 seconds to decode it. Accuracy levels peak during the newborn period; lead author Chang Chuan-Yu says the app boats a 92 percent accuracy rate for babies less than 2 weeks old. By 1 and 2 months, the accuracy level drops to about 85 percent. By 4 months, 77 percent. And the app is rendered useless by 6 months, since, creators say, babies are more affected by their environments at this point, which starts to contribute to more to crying.
Want to give it a try? The Infant Cries Translator App is available on iOS and Android for $2.99.