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 […]

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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 […]

Voicebot Year in Review Podcast

Before the holidays, I participated in a “Year in Review in Europe” podcast with Voicebot’s Bret Kinsella and European colleagues Dominik Meissner and Alexis Hue. We covered a broad range of industry topics during the hour long discussion. Below are some of my contributions to it: On Privacy: “Are we really comfortable, as parents of […]

Year in Review 2020

2020 is being called the year of the two pandemics – one new, Covid-19, and one that’s been with us for centuries – racial injustice. For SoapBox Labs, 2020 was also the year of convergence – when our high accuracy kid-specific voice technology fulfilled an urgent global need for new remote and classroom-based learning solutions, […]

The Future of English Language Learning for Kids

I recently caught up with Toby Mather, the CEO and Co-Founder of Lingumi, an English Language Learning platform for 2-6 year old kids. Lingumi have baked our voice technology into hundreds of their English pronunciation lessons and more recently into their “smart conversations” for advanced English learners. In our interview, Toby talks about how technology […]