Data Privacy Matters for Kids. Here’s Why

Children’s data privacy has become a hot topic over the past few years. News this week that Disney, Viacom, and other global brands have agreed to legal settlements after being accused of “violating the privacy of millions of youngsters” reflects growing public concern about how technology tracks adults and children in the home and beyond. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Forbes: SoapBox Labs Gives Voice To The Obstacles, Opportunities Of Remote Learning

Thanks to Michael Horn for a really enjoyable interview published today in Forbes. A great conversation that covers a lot of ground including the difference between voice technology and voice assistants, the importance of accuracy of voice technology for kids, and how voice technology has become core to EdTech, a need that has been amplified […]

Our Stance on Privacy

SoapBox Labs is proud to be an AI company with a data driven business that also respects the fundamental digital privacy rights of children. That might seem like a contradiction – speech technology that respects data privacy – especially when the media is full of stories about how smart assistants are “always listening”. The real […]

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 […]

Voice in Education Podcast

“Bells and Whistles of Happiness”That’s how Julie Daniel Davis, CETL described her feeling as an educator when she learned about SoapBox Labs’ voice tech for kids, and specifically, how it respects kids’ fundamental right to voice data privacy. Julie is the creator of the Voice in Education podcast and in this week’s episode she talks […]

Our Evolving Edtech Market

Education technology 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 industry. Large and small edtech […]

Will Speech Tech Transform Education?

The explosion of popular virtual assistants – such as Alexa and Siri – are sparking increased interest in the potential for speech technology as a literacy and language learning tool. SXSW EDU goes virtual with this panel discussion that brings together speech technology pioneers from across the education and edtech industries to explore how speech […]

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 […]