A Greek-designed app which tells new parents what their baby is ‘saying’ when it cries has become a finalist in an international tech competition.
iCry2Talk is an official finalist in Microsoft’s Imagine Cup 2018, which will be held in Seattle at the end of July.
The Thessaloniki Aristotle University team has also made it to the second phase of the 9th Innovation and Technology Competition of the NBG Business Seeds Program.
Designers say infants’ cry sound is associated with a specific situation related to his or her physical and psychological condition and represents its first attempts at communication.
The app uses algorithms to analyze the baby’s cries and interpret these as understandable data for its parents. The team claims the need for such an app stems from the importance of developing appropriate responses from parents:
“The responsiveness of the parent to the cue of his baby is the most important influence of a child’s intellectual development.”