Charlena Smith

Intone

What inspired your Huggies® MomInspired™ award-winning design?

When my twin daughters were infants, I was often juggling two kids who were crying for two different things. This was difficult, especially when I really needed to rest before going to class in the morning. I thought a voice-recognition device could help translate a baby’s cries. The Intone helps differentiate types of cries, like a hungry cry or a gassy cry, then translates their meaning onto a lighted display. Parents can also use the voice-activated system – no information needs to be manually entered – to log sleeping patterns, feedings and diaper changes.

What are your plans for the future?

My next steps are to obtain a patent, find a programmer who can help build the voice recognition software and locate a manufacturer who can design and produce the device. I hope to make the Intone available for sale online and in the retail baby market.