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

Wired UK Chooses SoapBox Labs

Wired UK described their search for the top 100 companies in Europe in 2019 as a search for “the brilliant minds and companies that will make a difference in the long run” and we are delighted and honored that they’ve recognized SoapBox Labs as one of these companies. We know

Pioneering Developer of Speech Recognition for Kids Taps Former CFO Shazam as CFO

Colm O’Carroll comes to SoapBox Labs from Apple; previously served as CFO for music app, Shazam. SoapBox Labs, mission-oriented developer of speech recognition that works for children, today announced the appointment of former Shazam Chief Financial Officer, Colm O’Carroll as Chief Financial Officer. Created to power a wide range of

What I learned from my TEDx Experience

CEO & Founder Dr. Patricia Scanlon shares some insights about her recent TEDx experience. Trish’s TEDx now has 39.8K viewers and can be found here. I love TED talks, always have. I find the short, powerful talks inspiring. Earlier this year I was invited by TEDx University of Limerick organizers

The TEDx Talk

On June 18th 2019, our CEO and Founder Dr. Patricia Scanlon delivered a TEDx Talk at the University of Limerick, Ireland, about how voice technology like ours can support kids on their literacy journey, and how it can be employed at scale to help tackle the global literacy crisis. Patricia’s

Showcase at ICASSP

Today, SoapBox Labs Chief Scientist Qiru Zhou is giving a talk and a demo at ICASSP – the world’s largest and most comprehensive technical conference on signal processing – in Brighton, UK. Our Director of Speech Technology Dr. Amelia Kelly who is also attending – those would be her red

A Customer Story

In April 2019, we signed a commercial partnership with English language platform Lingumi Labs. In May, the company’s CEO Toby Mather, came to Dublin to spend a day with our team discussing future plans. During his trip, we recorded a 30 minute interview between Toby and our CEO and founder

Kids + Voice + Privacy

SoapBox Labs has just submitted a paper to the OHCHR in collaboration with digital anthropologist Dr. Veronica Barassi. The paper discusses children’s rights in the digital age, a topic very close to both of our hearts. Dr. Barassi has dedicated much of her academic career to the study of digital

ELL/ESL Use Case

When Lingumi Labs started to use our speech recognition technology to assess the pronunciation and language learning skills of 2-6 year olds learning English as a second language we were excited – and it turns out, so were the kids! Here’s a quick video of very young (and cute!) Taiwanese

Partnership Announced with Lingumi

SoapBox Labs Powers Automated Assessments for Lingumi’s Preschool English learning platform. SoapBox Labs, pioneers in speech recognition for kids, partners with Lingumi to power automated assessments for its English learning platform. Dublin and London, April 25th 2019 Research shows that learning a new language is easier when you’re young, but

The Power of Voice for Kids Everywhere