Our Mission in Remote Learning

When learning to read, a child needs to be able to read out loud, be listened to, and receive immediate feedback. As parents around the world are now discovering, very few remote learning tools offer this essential level of engagement. Existing tools are just too passive. Enter voice technology. Adding voice tech to reading and […]

Voice Tech for Language Learning

Language learning companies like Lingumi, Duolingo, Kahoot! and BABEL shine more brightly than ever in these days of remote learning. Their user numbers have rocketed recently, and so has traffic at SoapBox, as our voice technology becomes an increasingly core feature of language tools for kids specifically. So what do the “best” language tools offer […]

Our Q1 Newsletter

Our Q1 newsletter is out and it’s packed full of voice tech for kids videos, media, product releases, podcasts and more. It also includes a link to our recent well received guest post on kids’ voice data privacy. Read it here and enjoy! To subscribe to our quarterly newsletters and keep up to date with […]

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 […]

Voice Tech for Kids Report

In 2020, SoapBox Labs sits at the nexus of two emerging innovation trends – voice tech and kidtech – and plans to play a leading role in both. Today we release a new report “Welcome to the Decade of Voice Tech for Kids” that explores what it means for SoapBox Labs to lead at the […]

Privacy First. Period.

The UK’s new design code for protecting kids’ online privacy hits all the right notes: transparency, parental consent, data sharing and misuse, default privacy settings and age appropriate settings. And while the code itself is not legally binding, it’s backed up by data protection laws that can be enforced through fines and trade sanctions. COO […]

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. […]

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