I’m not sure if I’ll ever be convinced that the constant series of gargles, coos, whines, and wailings of babies actually do construct some cryptically hidden language, (like those SuperBaby movies) but the same people who gave us the now-infamous Bowlingual and Dream Workstop claim to have cracked the code on baby translation: not only must you analyze babies’ cries, but facial expressions and body temperature changes too. Some of the things Takara Co. researchers had to say about parenting and child-rearing might not leave you feeling particularly cozy regarding their justifications for such a device, but you can’t deny its appeal and the size of the market; especially if they can get the home version out for under $100, like they claim, and actually launch the thing soon (they’re shooting for mid-2006).

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