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This Baby Translator Demeans Us Both

 by Bennett Gordon


Tags: Science, Technology, baby translator, the Simpsons, Psychotherapy Networker,

WhyCry Baby TranslatorThe baby translator WhyCry was invented to help confused parents decipher their children’s cries. It may end up doing more harm than good. The $100.00 device analyzes pitch, rhythm, and volume of cries to help parents figure out the child’s needs with a reported 98 percent accuracy. It shows one of five icons, corresponding to one of the five reasons why babies cry: They’re usually either stressed, sleepy, annoyed, bored, or hungry.

When a parent figures out what the child needs, a bond is created between parent and child. WhyCry may be able solve the problem, but it could hurt the parent-child bond. According to Psychotherapy Networker, “a parent’s voice is critical in establishing an empathetic bond between parent and baby,” and the WhyCry device could take that parent’s voice out of the equation. “WhyCry may tell parents what their baby needs,” according to the article, “it may also interfere with their instinctively empathetic vocal response.”

Source: Psychotherapy Networker 

peter b
11/1/2009 3:38:49 PM

This is a scam. It never says the same.


justin_2
5/30/2009 7:27:26 AM

They try to pawn this thing off as a "real device" - how are you supposed to know? You go and spend/waste $100 for something that may or may not work - and only the developers of the device really know if it works (which it probably doesn't!) I have a solution for you, if you have an iphone/ipod touch. Get the "Baby Translator" for iphone. It's available from the itunes store & you'll know for sure that it's a joke! Why spend 100 when you can spend 1/100 of that - and have the device tell you the same thing.


peter m
5/23/2009 5:47:40 PM

I was going to add a quote from a pertinent Simpsons episode and then reread the title. Touche, Utne. Touche.


carrie swiggum
5/22/2009 10:30:08 AM

i am appalled by this device