Big Brother is arguably the reality TV phenomenon of the past decade. As we approach yet another summer marathon, this little jem of a story crossed Pocket-lint's desk.

It appears that the concept of 24 hour monitoring is being applied to one particular baby in an effort to unravel the process by which children learn to talk. The child has been monitored by a plethora of microphones and cameras, one in each room in the house, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Deb Roy at MIT's Media Lab, US, devised the unusual project and even volunteered his own family as its guinea pigs. Since his newborn son left hospital 9 months ago, Roy's whole family has been monitored by 14 microphones and 11 1-megapixel "fish-eye" video cameras, attached to the ceilings of each room in their house.

By capturing a continuous stream of data about his son's experiences, Roy hopes to better understand the early development of language.

Referenced to the New Scientist