Price: $29.99 Score: 7/10 By Michael Essany
They say there’s an app for just about anything these days. But perhaps with the new offering from Biloop Technologies, such a bold statement actually rings true, as one of the most outlandish claims of any app has finally burst onto the digital scene.
The Cry Translator, which is available for download at the somewhat staggering price of $29.99, boasts cutting-edge technology that has been tested in Spain and North America with “impressive results.” Clinical trials indicate that the cry translator application can help “quickly identify” five distinct cries made by infants: hungry, sleepy, annoyed, stressed or bored. Deemed “five cries universal to all babies,” The Cry Translator transcends both cultural and language barriers to allegedly decode a baby’s tears.
But does it work? And can an iPhone application actually analyze the pitch, volume, tone and inflection of a baby’s cries with any degree of accuracy? According to Biloop Technologies, the technology unique to The Cry Translator is both effective and a handy tool for new parents eager to get to the bottom of their infant’s whimpers.
Effectiveness aside, the easy to use application is worthy of merit for its ambitious aims and surprisingly simple but sophisticated functionality. Although The Cry Translator makes no guarantees, it aims to achieve the following:
- Identify a cry within ten seconds.
- Ease the anxiety associated with calming a crying infant.
- Build confidence in understanding and comforting your infant.
- Reduce overall infant crying.
New parents often report eventually learning to decipher between a variety of whimpers employed by their children. So if the human ear can be trained, perhaps technology can be massaged to provide the same insightful analysis. If not, having the app at least provides some reassurance to new parents who occasionally feel the weight of the world on their lonely shoulders when a newborn enters their world.
The Cry Translator v1.1 reviewed. The Cry Translator requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with both iPhone and iPod Touch.