VOICE 2020

This Wednesday, October 7th at 11.35 ET, CEO Dr. Patricia Scanlon speaks at Voice 2020 about kids and voice tech, and how we’re now at a tipping point when speech recognition is finally accurate enough to be useful in learning and entertainment tools for kids. Connect with us via our Voice 2020 exhibitor page or […]

Built for Kids. Magic for Parents.

It’s been a busy few months for the team here at SoapBox Labs. Our latest newsletter shares all of the details, from new products and team members, to a digest of recent media coverage. The newsletter talks about how voice technology comes into its own at times like these. Why? Because it offers kids an […]

Equity in Voice Technology

Equitable voice technology should be a non-negotiable yet, according to Stanford University’s FairSpeech project, all 5 of the leading speech recognition tools “misunderstood Black speakers twice as often as white speakers”. SoapBox Labs’ partners at the FCRR have also shared their concerns about technology and issues of equity in this recent Smart Brief article. Dr. […]

Change is needed. Learning to read can change a child’s life.

CEO Dr. Patricia Scanlon commented on an article this week entitled “How ‘Reading Instruction’ Oppresses Black and Brown Children”. Writing in Forbes, Natalie Wexler gave an ominous assessment of the huge inequalities in US schools with regard to reading: ‘On national tests last year, only 18 percent of black 4th-graders scored proficient or above in […]

Helping EdTech Companies Prepare for the Fall

What will school look like when it returns in the Fall?In this article Emily Tate from EdSurge discusses the options.Classrooms will likely have to move back online, for periods of time at least, into the future and teachers will need “to pay close attention to the development of each child and ensure that appropriate grade-level […]

An Excellent Time for Our Funding

Insights on our new funding from COO, Dr. Martyn Farrows: Our new $6.5M funding round will accelerate the focus of our voice tech for kids on the entertainment and education markets. Here’s why this funding is so timely: The Rise of Remote Learning – kids urgently need educational tools that do more than serve up […]