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Case Study: Speech Recognition in Language Learning

We recently published our white paper “Can Speech Recognition Help Children Learn to Read?” to spur further discussion on the potential applications of kid-specific speech recognition for learners. One of the exciting use cases of speech recognition in education is voice-enabled language learning tools. Today, millions of adults worldwide use voice-enabled language learning apps to […]

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Part 3: Voice-First Experiences for Kids

From working closely with our clients, SoapBox’s Head of UX Declan Moore and Senior Software Engineer Ronan Tumelty have helped craft compelling and constructive voice experiences for kids. In Part 1 of our Beginner’s Guide, Declan and Ronan looked at the use of visual cues to support voice interactions. In Part 2 they focused on […]

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Announcing Our New Whitepaper, “Can Speech Recognition Help Children Learn to Read?”

DUBLIN, Ireland (July 14, 2021) — Dublin-based SoapBox Labs, pioneering developer of speech recognition for kids, today released a white paper exploring the applications, risks, and opportunities of speech recognition in the classroom. The paper, titled, “Can Speech Recognition Help Children Learn to Read? A primer on the applications, risks, and aspirations of speech recognition […]

Part 2: Voice-First Experiences for Kids

Kids are more than capable of using a touch screen or holding a device in their hands. However, they may struggle to do both at the same time. Holding a device steady, pressing a button, and concentrating on an answer may be too big of an ask for them. Reading at a desk is very […]

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Winner: Best AI Product in Education

SoapBox Labs is over the moon to have won Best AI Product in Education at the 2021 CogX Awards. The CogX Awards recognize the innovators, change makers, and visionaries answering the question “How do we get the next ten years right?” and who are helping address the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Getting the next ten […]

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On Voice for Kids’ Animation

Are you an animation professional, storyteller, or artist? Eager to learn more about using voice technology in games, apps, toys, and tv shows for kids?  At the recent Cartoon Digital Conference, Founder Dr. Patricia Scanlon and Head of UX Declan Moore shared key insights into how voice can be used to deliver more engaging and […]

Lessons from Our Voice Engine #5: Acoustic Models

Speech Recognition Engineer Armin Saeb brings you the fifth installment of our “Lessons from Our Voice Engine” series, featuring high-level insights from our Engineering and Speech Tech teams on how our voice engine works.  What is an acoustic model (AM)?  Acoustic Models (AM) are key components of any speech recognition engine. An AM describes the […]

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Lessons from Our Voice Engine #4: Debiasing

Welcome to Lesson 4 in our “Lessons from Our Voice Engine” series, featuring high-level insights from our Engineering and Speech Tech teams on how our voice engine works. This lesson is from Dr. Amelia Kelly, VP of Speech Technology. What is debiasing? Artificial intelligence systems will reflect the conscious and unconscious biases of their creators […]

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Announcing New CEO, Signaling New Phase of Growth and Innovation

DUBLIN, Ireland (May 6, 2021) – SoapBox Labs, pioneering developer of accurate, safe and secure voice technology for kids, today announced the appointment of Dr. Martyn Farrows as Chief Executive Officer, signaling a new phase of growth for the Irish company as it builds on its well-established role in the education market and expands into […]

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. […]