Saturday, November 7, 2009

Life Imitates the Simpsons

In the Simpsons, Homer's brother Herb (who's car company was bankrupted by Homer in an earlier episode) invents a baby translator. The Baby Translator does just what it sounds like: it translates babies crys, goo ga's and gurgles into what they really mean.

Now many years later, there's an app for that as they say. The $30 Cry Translator for the iPhone tells you if the cry is "hungry, sleepy, stressed, annoyed or bored." They claim 96% accuracy regardless of the age of the child.

Almost makes me want to try it on Glenn Beck!


OrbsCorbs said...

That's really interesting. I assume that they did some research to come up with this. I wonder how?

RWWackoStu said...

or Nancy Pelosi.

kkdither said...

Babies cry. If you've fed them, diapered them, checked to make sure nothing is poking them, no fever or "odd sick look" about them, you shouldn't panic.

When my twins were babies, I heard more than my share of of crying. (some of it was my own!) I kept thinking social services might come knocking on the door.

Why Not? said...

It's nice to hear KK, I am a member at a parenthood forum, where you can ask questions and get answers from other parents.. I swear I thought I was going to have social services called on me for just suggesting that sometimes babies cry and there isn't much you can do. I have never gotten so many snippy responses. I swear I wasnt saying just let the kid cry without trying to do everything that you just suggested. Sometimes it seems like parents just think you need to shelter children from everything.

kkdither said...

I wouldn't worry too much, why not. Usually those who disdain something like that, are the very ones who are least comfortable with their own abilities. A good parent has instints and knows their children well enough.

Sometimes babies need to be in a safe place and cry it out. (again within reason) I always read it was best to lay them down and remove yourself if you are getting too stressed. Your baby can pick up on your stress and can make him even more stressed.

Why Not? said...

totally agree, now it's nice I put the girls in the room together and they can entertain themselves when I am in need of that break. Mina has a way with Maia and can get her to stop crying most of the time.. very nice.