Starling by VersaMe
Babies are born ready to learn. Talking to them is an important factor in the development of their language skills. Starling from VersaMe is a clip-on Bluetooth-connected gadget that attaches to a child’s clothes and counts the number of words spoken to the baby. It’s designed for kids ranging from infants up to 4 years of age. An iOS app tracks the word count and offers suggestions for ways to meet or top your word goals. VersaMe is also developing an Android app.
Starling counts words, but it doesn’t record them for privacy reasons. You might wonder why parents would want a word counter. It’s not for everyone, but new parents have a lot to deal with, so the gadget is designed to motivate and remind them to talk to their babies. It can be an eye-opener to see just how many words are spoken to a child in a day. If you’re running short of your goal, you can focus on adding an extra storytime or talking to your tyke more during playtime.