A research team from a university in Taiwan has developed an app that they claim can decode information based on a baby’s cry, China Times reports, adding that the app boasts an accuracy of 92 percent.
The crying analyzer app can indicate whether a baby is hungry, sleepy, unwell, stressed due to a noisy environment, in pain, or in discomfort because of a wet diaper.
Chuan-Yu Chang, professor at the National Yunlin University of Science & Technology, said the research team had collected over 100,000 samples of baby cries over two years. By analyzing the frequency of screams, they eventually distinguished subtle differences in acoustics.
The app can only be used for children under the age of one, Chang said. The university is now applying for a patent and is searching for a company to launch it, although it’s worth noting that a similar product can already be downloaded at the app store for 4.99 USD (described as “USELESS CRAP!!” by reviewing customers) AND “The Simpsons” beat them both to the idea about 22 years ago.