4 Reasons Why Adult VoiceTech Won’t Work for Kids.

So, why can’t voice technology built for adults work for kids? Many customers come to SoapBox Labs having tried and failed to use off-the-shelf voice technology in their kids’ apps, games, literacy and language learning tools. There’s frustration in their voices, but also worry: maybe what they’re looking for doesn’t

Innovation in the 2020s

CEO Patricia Scanlon was invited by Fora.ie to share her views on innovation in the last and upcoming decade. Her answers set the stage for what is shaping up to be a huge 2020 for SoapBox Labs: “The advancement of deep learning based machine learning is probably the most impactful

The Voicebot Podcast Interview

December 28th 2019: Take a listen to this deep dive interview by our CEO Patricia Scanlon with Voicebot’s Bret Kinsella. Bret and Patricia discuss the origins and the future of speech recognition for kids, and of voice technology as a whole. Patricia also shares her views on what’s happening in

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 a TEDx Talk at the University of Limerick, Ireland, about how voice technology like ours can support kids on their literacy journey, and how it can be employed at scale to help tackle the global literacy crisis. Patricia’s

The Power of Voice for Kids Everywhere