Winner: Best Use of AI in a Sector

Today we attended the AI Ireland Awards and won for our category – Best Use of AI in a Sector – for the use of our voice technology in the PreK-12 education arena. One of the many applications of voice tech for kids is in the classroom, to support them on their reading journey, starting […]

Digital Hero 2019 Award

This Just Out: The prestigious Spider Awards in Ireland have chosen our CEO Patricia Scanlon as their Digital Hero 2019. This is superb recognition for the leader of our team here at SoapBox Labs and someone we so hugely admire, respect and love to work with. In sharing her reaction to the award Dr. Scanlon […]

Florida State University selects SoapBox Labs

November 6th 2019 Florida State University’s world-renowned Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) today announced a multi-year partnership with Dublin based, kids’ speech recognition technology company SoapBox Labs, to create and deliver next-generation language and literacy assessments that could transform how young children around the world learn to read. Pioneering Reading Research Center Leverages Speech […]

2 out of 2 for SXSW EDU!

In July this year SoapBox Labs, in collaboration with other key players in the education space, proposed two panels for SXSW EDU 2020. Today, we’re delighted to confirm, that both panels have been chosen for the conference. These panels explore topics at the heart of what it means for kids and teachers to have meaningful […]

The Irish Voice Squad

Last week Dublin played host to Convercon – the conversational interface conference – and SoapBox Labs were proud sponsors. It’s fair to say that voice was the dominant theme of the conference which attracted companies from across the country as well as a number of key international players. Katie McMahon, GM at SoundHound and Bret […]

Voice interface is not about computers that ‘listen’.

Voice Thoughts from our COO, Dr. Martyn Farrows The recent explosion in voice technology has been met with the analogous claim that devices and tools such as smart assistants (e.g. Alexa, Siri, Google Home) are now ‘listening’ to what we are saying. But is the ‘listening’ metaphor accurate or appropriate? Computers don’t have ‘ears’, so their […]

Protecting Kids Online – FTC review of the COPPA Rule

A blog post by our COO, Martyn Farrows, on this week’s FTC workshop on COPPA. Earlier this week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the US hosted a public workshop to explore whether to update the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA). The COPPA Rule, which was originally enacted in 1998, imposes requirements on operators […]

Value Your Voice

Articles like this one clearly illustrate the individual and societal conundrum associated with voice data – it helps companies to know and service customers better, but at the expense of their privacy. “Demographic information about customers can all be extracted from speech, Adeboie notes. Age, gender and emotion are woven into voice. “The potential of […]

On Privacy

We recently brought together our COO Dr. Martyn Farrows and Dr. Veronica Barassi, an anthropologist at the University of London, for a conversation on privacy. Watch the full 7 minute interview here.  During the discussion Veronica explains why privacy has become such a huge concern, particularly when it comes to kids. She makes the link […]

Voicebot.Ai Interview

We’re on the front page of industry leading website Voicebot.ai today with this great interview with CEO and Founder Patricia Scanlon. During the interview Patricia talks about the origin story of the company: “My lightbulb moment was watching my child interact with technology. To them, voice technology is a need more than a want. And […]