Why Adult Voice Tech Won’t Work for Kids

January 12, 2020

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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 in this “Cracking voice tech for kids” interview, you can’t just adapt adult voice tech and think it will work for kids. That requires a laser focus on kids, and years of research and development.

So why is voice tech for kids such a specific and specialist area? The reasons include:

  • Kids’ voices are physically different to adults. They have shorter and thinner vocal cords, and they often don’t enunciate properly.
  • Kids’ speech patterns are different. They pause, whisper, shout, and get distracted in ways that are unpredictable.
  • Kids inhabit noisy kitchens, classrooms and playgrounds and need voice solutions that work in those real world environments.
  • Kids’ data privacy needs to be protected in ways that are built-in and by default.

Kids deserve safe, accurate and immersive technology experiences. When it comes to voice tech, we’ve got them covered.

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