The app that tells you why your baby cries
There is only one question new parents ask: why is our baby crying?
A team in Taiwan has created an app for that – and it tells parents whether their baby is hungry, tired or needs a new nappy.
The Infant Cries Translator is a cloud-based program that can decode a baby’s cries from when it’s born until it is six months old. Best of all, it takes only 15 seconds to figure out what’s wrong.
To use it, you’ll record a clip of your child’s cry on the app, and it is uploaded to a database. The file is then compared with an audio library and a verdict pops up on the screen.
According to chief researcher Chuan-Yu Chang, accuracy is as high as 92%. After going on sale last year, the app has as many as 10 000 users worldwide. There are 353 000 babies born each day in the world, according to UN Children’s Fund – and, with them, a whole lot of new parents.
Taiwan has one of the lowest birth rates in the world – with 0.8 recorded as the average number of babies per woman. This is largely because of the high cost of living, which prompts more people to put babies on hold in favour of careers.
But developers are convinced their baby reader has an important place beyond Taiwan. After all, thousands of babies are born every day, so there are more than enough sleep-deprived and confused parents to visit the app store.
“From my own experience as a father, I know that sometimes when a baby cries, the parents feel a bit like crying too,” Chang said. “Humans have emotions and make mistakes. The app doesn’t get flustered.”
Lin, The China Post – Enru
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BABY WHISPERER Dr Chuan-Yu Chang, head researcher on the Infant Cries Translator