A Voice for Equity

How does our voice technology for kids promote equity in the classroom? We’ll be sharing some big news on this topic next week. Meantime, here’s a teaser. SoapBox Labs voice tech for kids promotes equity in a couple of key ways: By giving kids a voice, to practice reading out loud and be understood accurately. […]

From Cusp to Mainstream

They say we’re “on the cusp” of a big new trend – voice technology in classrooms. Here’s how we know they’re right: Education companies are piloting voice tech: SoapBox Labs is currently engaged in multiple pilots with edtech companies who want to integrate our voice technology into their assessment and practice tools, apps and curriculum […]

Why Build for Kids.

Voicebot’s Eric Schwartz wrote an interesting article last week about new research that shows how kids tend to trust what they hear from their parents, teachers and peers more than they trust information served up by voice assistants. The research hypothesized that the “disembodied voice” element of an Alexa or Siri experience feeds into this […]

Why Adult Voice Tech Won’t Work for Kids.

Customers sometimes come to SoapBox Labs after searching in vain for an off-the-shelf voice solution for kids that offers high accuracy and high privacy. But most of the off-the-shelf voice solutions on the market today are developed using adult voice data and modelling, and just won’t work for kids. As CEO Patricia Scanlon explains it […]

A Vision for the 2020s

CEO Patricia Scanlon was invited by Fora.ie to share her views on innovation in the last and upcoming decade. Her answers set the stage for what is shaping up to be a huge 2020 for SoapBox Labs: “The advancement of deep learning based machine learning is probably the most impactful innovation of the last decade. […]

The Voicebot Podcast Interview

December 28th 2019: Take a listen to this deep dive interview by our CEO Patricia Scanlon with Voicebot’s Bret Kinsella. Bret and Patricia discuss the origins and the future of speech recognition for kids, and of voice technology as a whole. Patricia also shares her views on what’s happening in our key markets of education […]

When Sonos Bought Snips

When Sonos, Inc. bought Snips Some thoughts on what today’s news signals for us and other companies in the voice space: It signals the early maturing of the voice interface market. It signals – once again – that as of 2019 independent brands have the confidence and wherewithal to build proprietary solutions that compete with […]

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 don’t have ‘ears’, so their […]

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 into voice. “The potential of […]

Thoughts on “Beeb”

This week’s announcement that the BBC will develop their own voice assistant received mixed reactions, but for us at SoapBox Labs it underlines a number of realities and exciting opportunities for voice assistants and the voice industry as a whole: – Off-the-shelf voice technology still struggles to deliver on fundamentals like high accuracy for diverse […]