Scientists are working to create “a translator of children’s crying”




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If you’re a fan of the animated series “The Simpsons,” you might remember the series (the fourth series of the third season), in which Homer Simpson’s brother, Herbert Powell creates a device that analyzes a child crying and tells the parent what his child really wants at this point . What is all this? Yes, all to the fact that despite all the crazy ideas , Rhode Island, scientists from Brown University in conjunction with the doctors from the Hospital of the mother and the child are going to develop a special computer device that will detect the first signs of neurological disorders and other problems of development, through the analysis of a child crying.

A special program will record the baby’s crying, then the resulting audio file is split into short fragments duration of 12.5 milliseconds, each piece will be analyzed parameters such as frequency, volume, and so on, and then on the basis of the data will be compiled overall picture. In addition, the system also analyzes the difference in the intensity of crying, screaming, and the pauses between, so to speak, the manner and tone of crying (excluding the external noise). In total for each analysis tears examined 80 different parameters.


Scientists are trying to create a device that would allow to analyze the child’s crying, is not the first decade. The researchers hope that this new technology will be able to notice the most subtle negative changes in a child’s development that have been physically impossible to determine. The next step will be to find scientists on the basis of this technology is the possibility of determining the specific disorder that causes the child to cry in a given situation.

“Early identification of disorders is critically important in some cases,” – says Barry Lestr, director of the Center for the study of children’s diseases at Brown University.

“Early and timely diagnosis in this case, can help you quickly determine the cause of disorder, as well as reduce or eliminate the risk of occurrence of adverse effects.”

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