When Sonos Bought Snips

When Sonos, Inc. bought Snips Some thoughts on what today’s news signals for us and other companies in the voice space: It signals the early maturing of the voice interface market. It signals – once again – that as of 2019 independent brands have the confidence and wherewithal to build

Voice interface is not about computers that ‘listen’.

Voice Thoughts from our COO, Dr. Martyn Farrows The recent explosion in voice technology has been met with the analogous claim that devices and tools such as smart assistants (e.g. Alexa, Siri, Google Home) are now ‘listening’ to what we are saying. But is the ‘listening’ metaphor accurate or appropriate? Computers

Value Your Voice

Articles like this one clearly illustrate the individual and societal conundrum associated with voice data – it helps companies to know and service customers better, but at the expense of their privacy. “Demographic information about customers can all be extracted from speech, Adeboie notes. Age, gender and emotion are woven

Thoughts on “Beeb”

This week’s announcement that the BBC will develop their own voice assistant received mixed reactions, but for us at SoapBox Labs it underlines a number of realities and exciting opportunities for voice assistants and the voice industry as a whole: – Off-the-shelf voice technology still struggles to deliver on fundamentals

What I learned from my TEDx Experience

CEO & Founder Dr. Patricia Scanlon shares some insights about her recent TEDx experience. Trish’s TEDx now has 39.8K viewers and can be found here. I love TED talks, always have. I find the short, powerful talks inspiring. Earlier this year I was invited by TEDx University of Limerick organizers

The TEDx Talk

On June 18th 2019, our CEO and Founder Dr. Patricia Scanlon delivered this great and thoughtful TEDx Talk at the University of Limerick, Ireland. The title: “How Technology Transforms a Child’s Reading Journey“. As of September 2019, Patricia’s talk has garnered more than 39,800 views. Enjoy it!