A baby Cry translator -there’s an app for that?General — By Shannon Schmid on November 5, 2009 at 5:45 pm
An iphone application that can tell you why your baby is crying?? Really??
OK – so as many of you know from my previous post – I’m in the midst of learning how to use my new iphone. I’ve been on the hunt for applications that might be especially helpful for a stay at home mom. I’ve found grocery list organizers, lots of fab music apps, educational learning tools… there is an app for just about anything you can think of!
The Cry translator uses the microphone in an iPhone or iPod touch, to listen to a baby’s cry and place it within five distinct “crying categories” all within 10 seconds! The categories include hungry, sleepy, annoyed, stressed or bored. Assuming this app could actually work, I’m sure there would be parents all over the globe clamoring for it. There are few things as difficult as listening to your baby cry when you don’t know what to do to make things better. That said…I’m skeptical.
Babies cries change as they get older, yet this application claims it can work regardless of age. Does that mean if *I* cry – it can tell me if I’m stressed or annoyed? Because that would be really helpful. It would also help, if it would recommend solutions to my “stress” or “sleepiness”, perhaps a nap, or glass of wine for mommy? The company releasing this app has studies that say the Cry Translator is correct 96% of the time. I could use that kind of accuracy! I can just imagine me telling my husband “sweetie, the cry translator says there is a 96% chance that I need a long hot bath. So yeah, I better go do that.” Heee heee.
In all seriousness though – isn’t it crazy the apps that are out there?? Sometimes looking through the itunes store seems like a science fiction book come to life. Could the cry translator possibly work?? If it did work, would you buy it?
I don’t know, jury is still out on this for me…hmnnn.