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. […]

Our Evolving Edtech Market

Edtech is a $5 trillion business but most of what we thought we knew about this industry has changed because of Covid: The online tutoring and home education tools market, which was already exploding in Asia, has transformed overnight into a mainstream and global driver of growth across the edtech industry. Large and small edtech […]

Dublin-based Developer of Voice Tech for Kids Raises $6.5M

SoapBox Labs’ proprietary high accuracy speech recognition technology models the voice and speech behaviors of young kids; is used in a growing number of edtech apps, toys and games. DUBLIN, Ireland (April 21st, 2020) — ​SoapBox Labs​, pioneering developer of safe and accurate voice technology for kids, today announced a Series A investment of $6.5M […]

Our Q1 Newsletter

Our Q1 newsletter is out and it’s packed full of voice tech for kids videos, media, product releases, podcasts and more. It also includes a link to our recent well received guest post on kids’ voice data privacy. Read it here and enjoy! To subscribe to our quarterly newsletters and keep up to date with […]

The Issue of Kids Using Adult Technology

“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 […]

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