A Greek-designed phone application telling parents what their baby is ‘saying’ when it cries has become a finalist in an international tech competition.
This innovative iCry2Talk application was developed at Thessaloniki’s Aristotle University, by students at the university’s electrical and computer engineering faculty under the guidance of Professor Leontios Hadjileontiadis.
Students Anastasia Draha, Andreas Loutzidis and Iasonas Hatzikostas deployed so-called “deep learning” algorithms to analyse the audio signals emitted by crying babies in real time.
The crying is recorded for seven seconds and the possible cause of it shows up in the form of an image, audio and text on the screen of a tablet or mobile phone.
According to Anastasia, the application decodes a series of feelings, including pain and hunger, and also informs parent whether the baby needs to be burped or have its nappy changed.
Having won the first place in the Microsoft, Malta and Cyprus regional contest, the Group then competed with the winning teams in Central and Eastern Europe and is among the four at this stage that qualify for the World Finals.