If you were planning to become a parent, but the fear of not understanding why exactly your baby is crying was putting you off, fear not, because an app can translate the cries of infants in under 30 seconds. By using this smartphone application, you will exactly know if your child is crying because he is hungry, if he needs sleep or if he is in pain.
This software was created by a team of Taiwanese researchers, helped by data gathered from 100 babies from the National Taiwan University Hospital Yunlin. Over 200,000 baby cries were recorded in the two-year experiment, with researchers analyzing their pitch and acoustics.
Because baby cries differ from one another depending on the subject’s necessities, the app will record your infant’s scream, upload them to the Cloud Drive where its characteristics will be compared to the stored data, and simply read what your infant needs. Before using the app, you are required to set you child’s birth date, as well as his nationality. Parents are also asked to note if the translation was accurate or not, as well as submit reviews in regards to the apps function and helpfulness.
In regards to the app’s accuracy, up to this point, the team has discerned that in 92% of cases, the translation has been perfect, if the baby was two weeks old or younger. If the infant is under two months, the accuracy drops to 82%, and it keeps dropping as the child grows older. Once the age of 6 months is reached, the app is completely inaccurate.
This is due to the fact that babies have an increased brain plasticity and adaptability rate. After 6 months have passed since birth, infants have been strongly influenced by their environment, as well as their parents’ responses to their cries. From that point onward, cries are almost completely different from one baby to another, depending on their social and physical environment, changing cry pitch and volume accordingly.
Although up to this point, the app can differentiate between only four cries, linked to wet diapers, pains, lack of sleep or hunger, its evolution will bring forth new types of traceable infant screams. But it is worth noting that this app is generally targeted at first time parents only. In most cases, when the family welcomes another member after the first child was born, parents have already attained a greater deal of knowledge in regards to baby cries and screams. Even so, no one is stopping you from using the app in any way, even if you are expecting your second child.
It’s safe to say that by using this app, a large amount of stress caused by not knowing why your baby is constantly wailing will dissipate. The app is named The Infant Cries Translator and is available on Google Play, iOS and Android stores, for the low price of $2.99.
Bearing in mind the fact that an app can translate the cries of infants in under 30 seconds is available on the market, parents can take care of their newly born infants in a more efficient manner. In addition to the amount of help provided by this app, its relatively low price will more than likely make it a common addition to parents’ baby care portfolio of tools.