This image depicts intent recognition. A young boy says to a robot, "Play penguins!" and the robot responds, "Alright! Playing the penguin video now."
Lessons from Our Voice Engine #7: Intent Recognition

Welcome to the seventh and final installment of our “Lessons from Our Voice Engine” blog series.  Agape Deng, Computational Linguist and member of our Speech Tech team, explains intent recognition and why it’s important for kids’ experiences with speech recognition solutions. What is intent recognition?  Intent recognition is the natural language understanding (NLU) task of […]

Image says, 'SoapBox, We Won! Best AI Product in Education, CogX Awards 2021."
Winner: Best AI Product in Education

SoapBox Labs is over the moon to have won Best AI Product in Education at the 2021 CogX Awards. The CogX Awards recognize the innovators, change makers, and visionaries answering the question “How do we get the next ten years right?” and who are helping address the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Getting the next ten […]

Image says, "3 lessons on voice tech in animation." Includes cartoons of 4 cute monsters and some fun colourful shapes.
On Voice for Kids’ Animation

Are you an animation professional, storyteller, or artist? Eager to learn more about using voice technology in games, apps, toys, and tv shows for kids?  At the recent Cartoon Digital Conference, Founder Dr. Patricia Scanlon and Head of UX Declan Moore shared key insights into how voice can be used to deliver more engaging and […]

ANSWERED: Kids Voice Tech in EdTech

Last week’s webinar, “Unlocking the Power of Voice Technology in Education,” was all about how voice technology is being used to support kids in learning to read, do math, and learn languages.  The Q&A at the end of the session ran over with questions, so here’s a review of five of them  — and the […]

Lessons from Our Voice Engine #6: Keyword Detection

VP of Speech Technology, Dr. Amelia Kelly, brings you the sixth installment of our “Lessons from Our Voice Engine” series, featuring high-level insights from our Engineering and Speech Tech teams on how our voice engine works.  What is keyword detection? Keyword detection is a feature of the SoapBox engine that allows users to search for […]

First-of-a-Kind Voice Features for Toy & Game Developers

DUBLIN, Ireland (May 25, 2021) — SoapBox Labs, pioneering developer of accurate, safe, and secure voice technology for kids, today unveiled new features that give kids a more natural and frictionless way to interact with games, apps, and smart toys using their voices. These new features include Voice Activity Detection (VAD) and Custom Wakeword, which […]

Lessons from Our Voice Engine #5: Acoustic Models

Speech Recognition Engineer Armin Saeb brings you the fifth installment of our “Lessons from Our Voice Engine” series, featuring high-level insights from our Engineering and Speech Tech teams on how our voice engine works.  What is an acoustic model (AM)?  Acoustic Models (AM) are key components of any speech recognition engine. An AM describes the […]

Image with text "CEO Dr. Martyn Farrows' Q&A with Mojo Nation." Image includes a photo of Martyn and fun colourful shapes.
Teaming up with toy firms and inventors

Mojo Nation is an industry leading publication that champions the toy, inventor, and designer community.  CEO Dr. Martyn Farrows caught up recently with Mojo Co-Founder Billy Langsworthy to talk about how we work with toy companies and inventors. They talked about how we work with inventors: “We love working with inventors! Similar to the way […]

Colourful image with different shapes and that spells out "Debiasing" in block letters.
Lessons from Our Voice Engine #4: Debiasing

Welcome to Lesson 4 in our “Lessons from Our Voice Engine” series, featuring high-level insights from our Engineering and Speech Tech teams on how our voice engine works. This lesson is from Dr. Amelia Kelly, VP of Speech Technology. What is debiasing? Artificial intelligence systems will reflect the conscious and unconscious biases of their creators […]

Photo of a man and a woman. Man is sitting on a bench, and woman is standing behind the bench.
Announcing New CEO, Signaling New Phase of Growth and Innovation

DUBLIN, Ireland (May 6, 2021) – SoapBox Labs, pioneering developer of accurate, safe and secure voice technology for kids, today announced the appointment of Dr. Martyn Farrows as Chief Executive Officer, signaling a new phase of growth for the Irish company as it builds on its well-established role in the education market and expands into […]