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 […]

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 […]

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5 Calls to Action to Protect Kids Voice Data Privacy

These are incredibly exciting times for the voice tech industry. However, against the backdrop of consumer sentiment, strict regulation and increased enforcement activities, important legal and technology-driven action is needed to make sure that voice technology does not threaten kids’ rights. Here are 5 calls to action for our voice industry: Deliver transparency on how […]

We Need to Talk About Kids Voice Data Privacy

Consumers – and some of our colleagues in voice industry – are only now waking up to the issues around kids and voice data. On Saturday, we published this guest post in Voicebot explaining why protecting kids’ voice data is so important. We lay out the background to legislation like GDPR and COPPA, and call […]

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 […]

From Cusp to Mainstream

They say we’re “on the cusp” of a big new trend – voice technology in classrooms. Here’s how we know they’re right: Education companies are piloting voice tech: SoapBox Labs is currently engaged in multiple pilots with edtech companies who want to integrate our voice technology into their assessment and practice tools, apps and curriculum […]

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 […]

Privacy First. Period.

The UK’s new design code for protecting kids’ online privacy hits all the right notes: transparency, parental consent, data sharing and misuse, default privacy settings and age appropriate settings. And while the code itself is not legally binding, it’s backed up by data protection laws that can be enforced through fines and trade sanctions. COO […]

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 […]