Kids using tech built for adults

“Every consumer-facing product and service is now a kids and family company” says Kate O’Loughlin of SuperAwesome. This message should be a wake up call for companies – and for parents – everywhere. Kids will have more screen time over the next few months than in their wildest dreams, but will their personally identifiable data […]

Announcing SoapBox Fluency

Pioneering Developer of Voice Technology for Children Now Enables Fluency Assessment for the Classroom First-of-a-kind technology allows educators to understand and evaluate the development of critical speech and reading comprehension skills for young readers DUBLIN, IRELAND (March 3rd, 2020) – SoapBox Labs, developer of safe and secure voice technology for kids, today announced the release […]

A Voice for Equity

How does our voice technology for kids promote equity in the classroom? We’ll be sharing some big news on this topic next week. Meantime, here’s a teaser. SoapBox Labs voice tech for kids promotes equity in a couple of key ways: By giving kids a voice, to practice reading out loud and be understood accurately. […]

Why Build for Kids.

Voicebot’s Eric Schwartz wrote an interesting article last week about new research that shows how kids tend to trust what they hear from their parents, teachers and peers more than they trust information served up by voice assistants. The research hypothesized that the “disembodied voice” element of an Alexa or Siri experience feeds into this […]

Voice Tech for Kids Report

In 2020, SoapBox Labs sits at the nexus of two emerging innovation trends – voice tech and kidtech – and plans to play a leading role in both. Today we release a new report “Welcome to the Decade of Voice Tech for Kids” that explores what it means for SoapBox Labs to lead at the […]

Why Adult Voice Tech Won’t Work for Kids.

Customers sometimes come to SoapBox Labs after searching in vain for an off-the-shelf voice solution for kids that offers high accuracy and high privacy. But most of the off-the-shelf voice solutions on the market today are developed using adult voice data and modelling, and just won’t work for kids. As CEO Patricia Scanlon explains it […]

The Voicebot Podcast Interview

December 28th 2019: Take a listen to this deep dive interview by our CEO Patricia Scanlon with Voicebot’s Bret Kinsella. Bret and Patricia discuss the origins and the future of speech recognition for kids, and of voice technology as a whole. Patricia also shares her views on what’s happening in our key markets of education […]

Voicebot on our funding and smart toy market news

Great coverage today of our latest news in the voice industry’s leading publication Voicebot.Ai. For the full article, click here. Some excerpts below: “SoapBox Labs along with XPERI will also invest in the project directly bringing the total initiative funding to €12 million. Patricia Scanlon, CEO, and founder of SoapBox Labs commented: “The smart toy […]

SoapBox Labs to develop embedded solutions for smart toy market.

Dublin, December 7th 2019 SoapBox Labs is delighted to announce today that our application for funding under The Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund (DTIF) has been successful. In conjunction with consortium partners XPERI and the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), this funding will allow SoapBox Labs to embark on a new and truly disruptive AI […]

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 […]