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Barcelona, Spain - New iPhone APP to Identify a Baby's Cry Within Ten Seconds

Published on: November 5, 2009 01:59 PM
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Barcelona, Spain - Baffled parents desperate to know exactly why their baby is crying can now get the answer in ten seconds from their mobile phone.

A company in Barcelona has launched an iPhone application which they say will take just that amount of time to figure out what’s up with baby.

Demand has been phenomenal since it was featured on American television this week, said a company spokeswoman.

The Cry Translator ‘involves a revolutionary technology that quickly identifies an infant’s cry, based on one of five emotional or physiological states: hunger, fatigue, annoyance, stress or boredom, ’ say the creators Pedro Barrera and Luis Meca.

‘These five cries are universal to all babies regardless of culture or language.’

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Parents are told to simply place their iPhone about a foot from the crying baby and touch the ‘Start’ button.

The cries are analysed and identified within the 10-second window with a 96 per cent degree of accuracy . Once the cry has been identified, tips to calm the infant are provided.

One parent on the company’s website marveled at how accurately a soiled nappy was detected.

The company,  Biloop Technologic, originally developed the technology using a handheld device but it was decided to simply to concentrate on the iPhone application, said the spokeswoman.

A clinical trial at a hospital in Spain with the original device tested 104 children.  When the suggestions to calm the child were followed, 96 per cent of the babies stopped crying.


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 Nov 05, 2009 at 02:16 PM Anonymous Says:

The iPhone sure has 100,000 apps, but how many are really useful? Most of them are like this stupid crying app! What a waste of ppls skills.

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 Nov 05, 2009 at 02:44 PM Anonymous Says:

such garbage. which loser would fall for this.

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 Nov 05, 2009 at 02:13 PM Aharon Says:

Great for Barcelona but suppose the baby does not cry in Spanish?

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 Nov 05, 2009 at 03:07 PM Anonymous Says:

Hopefully the radiation coming from the phone won't harm the baby.

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 Nov 05, 2009 at 03:05 PM AH Says:

Aharon, the article says:

'These five cries are universal to all babies regardless of culture or language.'

To both Anonymouses: why is this "a waste" or "garbage"? Not all parents have the innate ability to tell which kind of crying is which; I know I can't always do so, and I've got four children B"H.

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 Nov 05, 2009 at 03:03 PM Anonymous Says:

Homer's brother did the same thing on the Simpsons a long time ago

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 Nov 05, 2009 at 03:50 PM Anonymous Says:

You don't need an iphone to identify a soiled "nappy".

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 Nov 05, 2009 at 04:40 PM Anonymous Says:

That's awesome.

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 Nov 05, 2009 at 04:11 PM Aharon Says:

Reply to #5  
AH Says:

Aharon, the article says:

'These five cries are universal to all babies regardless of culture or language.'

To both Anonymouses: why is this "a waste" or "garbage"? Not all parents have the innate ability to tell which kind of crying is which; I know I can't always do so, and I've got four children B"H.

Learn to smile

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 Nov 05, 2009 at 08:24 PM Cryer Says:

Reply to #3  
Aharon Says:

Great for Barcelona but suppose the baby does not cry in Spanish?

You are a fool! A baby does not cry in any language! Once a baby can talk they can articulate! Go stick your nose back in a bible and get off the internet. This is not for you!

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 Nov 05, 2009 at 10:51 PM Anonymous Says:

Nu, so what's the big deal? My wife has the same IPhone app already built in her head...

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 Nov 06, 2009 at 12:08 AM Anonymous Says:

I have that app in my bb phone. When my 1 year old baby cries for whatever reason & I put down my phone in front of him he stops right away to play with it.

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 Nov 06, 2009 at 12:02 AM Anonymous Says:

My wife has this app built in her ear. I think every mother has the ability to hear on the baby's cry if its 1 of the 5 things.

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 Nov 06, 2009 at 06:42 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #10  
Cryer Says:

You are a fool! A baby does not cry in any language! Once a baby can talk they can articulate! Go stick your nose back in a bible and get off the internet. This is not for you!

He was joking. Take it easy. BTW U neeed more intelligence for the bible than for the Internet.

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 Nov 06, 2009 at 02:49 AM me Says:

"Once the cry has been identified, tips to calm the infant are provided."

Baby is hungry,... feed him.
Golly! Why didn't I think of that? You have to wonder if some of the people that need this app are fit too be parents in the first place.

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 Nov 07, 2009 at 05:37 AM abe Says:

Did they test how many stopped crying when babies where tended to without the devise?

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