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Announcing U.S. Expansion and Leadership Promotions

DUBLIN, IRELAND (MARCH 18, 2021) — SoapBox Labs, pioneering developer of private and accurate voice technology for kids, today announced its expansion into the United States and the promotion of three employees to its leadership team. The announcement signals momentum for the Dublin-based company, as well as growing demand for its kid-specific voice technology in […]

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 […]

Catering to Accents and Dialects

“Does your voice technology cater to different accents and dialects?” This is the most common question we get asked by new clients. And no surprise, since all education or entertainment brands worth their salt are committed to offering voice-enabled experiences that work for kids of all backgrounds, geographies, and ethnicities. The question is well justified […]

Tackling the literacy crisis during the pandemic

You don’t have to be an educator or a parent to be concerned by recent headlines about learning loss in children, like this one from the Washington Post. Reports about the effects of remote learning on kids confirm two things: the pandemic has deepened the decades-old literacy crisis, and students of color and in high-poverty […]

Beyond Assistants – Use Cases for Voice Technology

People love their voice assistants. In fact, according to TechCrunch, voice assistant sales increased by 70% between 2018 and 2019, and the numbers keep climbing.  However, the voice assistants found in our homes and on our phones represent only the first chapter in the voice technology story, a story in which voice becomes ubiquitous across all […]

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 […]

Google, Smart Speakers and Privacy

On January 13, Voicebot covered an announcement by Google about changes to their voice assistant approvals. The news prompted an interesting discussion among players from all sides of the voice industry on Linkedin.  Many of the discussion participants wondered about Google’s motivations. SoapBox Labs’ COO Dr. Martyn Farrows feels that Google’s decision is motivated by […]

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 […]