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SoapBox at SXSW EDU 2022

Great news! Both of our panels for SXSW EDU 2022 have been accepted. This will be our third year speaking at this wonderful gathering of education professionals and ideas. We look forward to seeing you there. Here’s what’s in store. Our  first panel, Can Speech Recognition Help Children Learn to Read, will see SoapBox CEO […]

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6 Ways to Design Voice Experiences for Kids

Best practices in voice UX are emerging as the voice technology industry grows and voice use cases expand. As we design voice experiences for kids, we must account for their unique needs and behaviors.  Here are six areas to consider when designing voice-first experiences for kids. 1. Be specific In voice experiences with kids, as […]

How Data Is Reinventing EdTech

One of our favorite conversations with edtech customers is about how the unique data generated by voice-enabled tools can improve learning outcomes for kids and their teachers. “For the first time, using voice-enabled assessment tools, we can accurately measure the expressive language and literacy skills of a child. Historically, teachers needed to listen while the […]

Celebrating Our Women in AI

Women continue to be massively underrepresented in the computer science and artificial intelligence (AI) fields. While this is hardly “news”, the stats on gender diversity still have shock value. In its Global Gender Gap Report 2020, the World Economic Forum shows that only 32% of data and AI professionals in the US are women, and they […]

Voice-Enabling for Kids is Easy. Just Ask Rob.

My name is Rob O’ Regan and I’m the VP of Engineering here at SoapBox Labs. The mission of our engineering team has always been to enable great voice experiences for kids. We started on this mission 8 years ago and have since become the leading solution in the market, in part because we offer an API […]

World-Class Talent, Apply Here

The more voice technology becomes a mainstream feature in kids’ play and learning experiences, the more SoapBox Labs succeeds in our mission of transforming kids’ lives with privacy and accuracy-driven voice technology. No surprise then that in 2021 we’re experiencing another growth spurt and looking for more world-class talent to join us our team. We […]

3 Voice Predictions for 2021

Voicebot’s Bret Kinsella invited CEO and Founder Dr. Patricia Scanlon to share her predictions for 2021 alongside 50 other global voice industry leaders. We’ve excerpted Patricia’s key predictions below. You’ll find the full Voicebot piece here. Prediction 1: The Rise and Rise of Kidtech: “2020 saw massive growth in kidtech: apps, web services, smart toys […]

Voicebot Year in Review Podcast

Before the holidays, I participated in a “Year in Review in Europe” podcast with Voicebot’s Bret Kinsella and European colleagues Dominik Meissner and Alexis Hue. We covered a broad range of industry topics during the hour long discussion. Below are some of my contributions to it: On Privacy: “Are we really comfortable, as parents of […]

Trustworthy AI

This Thursday, Nov 12th, CEO Dr. Patricia Scanlon speaks at an AI conference hosted by the EU and Xperi Corporation on the topic of safe, private and trustworthy AI. Patricia will address the two key concerns with kids using voice interfaces: accuracy – including bias – and privacy. Patricia will also talk about how embedded, […]

The Promise and Perils of Voice Tech in EdTech

Earlier this week, CEO and Founder Dr. Patricia Scanlon joined education innovation thought leader Michael B Horn for a conversation about voice tech in education. Patricia talked about SoapBox Labs’ mission in education and explained: “You can deliver an AI solution to market whenever you like, but should you? We decided to take the time […]