A new app named The Infant Cries Translator has been developed by Taiwanese researchers. This app can distinguish four different crying sounds by recording the baby sounds and comparing them to a vast database.
About 200,000 crying sounds from nearly 100 new-born babies were collected over two years, then were uploaded to a Cloud Drive. Analysing the frequency of individual screams among these helped researchers, led by Dr Chen Si-da and Chang Chuan-yu, differentiate subtle differences in acoustics.
The app can show analysis of a baby’s cries on the user’s phone within a quarter of minute. According to researchers, the app’s accuracy can reach up to 92 percent for babies under two weeks old, helping inform parents when their children are sleepy, hungry, in pain, or has a wet diaper. As for the babies under one or two months, the app can have the accuracy of 84 to 85 percent. The older the baby is, the less accurate the analysis becomes. However, researchers believe that this is a useful tool for parents with babies, especially those with their first child.
The app’s database has been constantly updated to a Cloud Drive. Its machine learning algorithm can tell parents to set up a personal setting for their child, based on the feedback from parents.
According to Chang, after downloading this app, we need to set the date of birth and nationality for the baby. When the baby cries, we have to press the recording button for 10 seconds to upload the sound to the Cloud Drive. After the analysing process, the result would be transferred to user’s mobile phone.
A 40-year-old new father, named Guo Young-ming, began using the app on December 21, four days after his daughter was born. He admitted the advantage of the app that helps parents know what to do when their baby cries, while most new parents like him are anxious about seeing the baby crying and then not knowing what they should do.
According to pediatrician Chen, when a new born baby is feeling hungry, they would have a normal response called ‘Sucking Reflex’. We can accurately understand the cause of the baby’s reaction based on the medical judgment. Using the app help parents make a judgment when they don’t have medical knowledge. They can count on this app to analyze the sound to know why their babies are crying, so it has a big advantage of taking care of babies.
Parents can download The Infant Cries Translator on IOS and Android via the App Store and Google Play, at a cost of $2.99.