Florida State University selects SoapBox Labs.

November 6th 2019 Florida State University’s world-renowned Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) today announced a multi-year partnership with Dublin based, kids’ speech recognition technology company SoapBox Labs, to create and deliver next-generation language and literacy assessments that could transform how young children around the world learn to read. Pioneering

Interview with EdSurge

“To Build Voice Recognition for Early Literacy, SoapBox Labs Gives Kids a Voice” In an exclusive ahead of our big partnership announcement tomorrow, leading US education publication EdSurge today published this feature story on SoapBox Labs. Written by EdSurge Managing Editor, Tony Wan, the piece shares our origin story and

2 out of 2 for SXSW EDU!

In July this year SoapBox Labs, in collaboration with other key players in the education space, proposed two panels for SXSW EDU 2020. Today, we’re delighted to confirm, that both panels have been chosen for the conference. These panels explore topics at the heart of what it means for kids

The Irish Voice Squad

Last week Dublin played host to Convercon – the conversational interface conference – and SoapBox Labs were proud sponsors. It’s fair to say that voice was the dominant theme of the conference which attracted companies from across the country as well as a number of key international players. Katie McMahon,

Voice interface is not about computers that ‘listen’.

Voice Thoughts from our COO, Dr. Martyn Farrows The recent explosion in voice technology has been met with the analogous claim that devices and tools such as smart assistants (e.g. Alexa, Siri, Google Home) are now ‘listening’ to what we are saying. But is the ‘listening’ metaphor accurate or appropriate? Computers

Protecting Kids Online – FTC review of the COPPA Rule

A blog post by our COO, Martyn Farrows, on this week’s FTC workshop on COPPA. Earlier this week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the US hosted a public workshop to explore whether to update the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA). The COPPA Rule, which was originally enacted in

Value Your Voice

Articles like this one clearly illustrate the individual and societal conundrum associated with voice data – it helps companies to know and service customers better, but at the expense of their privacy. “Demographic information about customers can all be extracted from speech, Adeboie notes. Age, gender and emotion are woven

On Privacy

We recently brought together our COO Dr. Martyn Farrows and Dr. Veronica Barassi, an anthropologist at the University of London, for a conversation on privacy. Watch the full 7 minute interview here.  During the discussion Veronica explains why privacy has become such a huge concern, particularly when it comes to

Voicebot.Ai Interview

We’re on the front page of industry leading website Voicebot.ai today with this great interview with CEO and Founder Patricia Scanlon. During the interview Patricia talks about the origin story of the company: “My lightbulb moment was watching my child interact with technology. To them, voice technology is a need

Robots and Education

The $1.3B international robotics education market is set to grow to $3.1B by 2025 according to HolonIQ. This doesn’t mean that robots are about to become a physical presence in our kids’ classrooms however, because the term “robotics” now includes devices that are programmable or that use artificial intelligence technologies