Updated: Apr 1, 2021
GROWING DEMAND IN EDTECH MARKET FOR PIONEERING IRISH DEVELOPER OF VOICE TECHNOLOGY FOR KIDS
SoapBox Labs, pioneering developer of private and accurate voice technology for kids, today announced its expansion into the United States and the promotion of three employees to its leadership team. The announcement signals momentum for the Dublin-based company, as well as growing demand for its kid-specific voice technology in the global education technology market.
Named one of Europe’s hottest startups by Wired UK in 2019, SoapBox Labs was founded by Dr. Patricia Scanlon, whose popular TEDx talk explains the ways in which technology can “transform a child’s reading journey.” In 2018, Scanlon was named to the Forbes list of Top 50 Women in Tech globally.
"A decade after the introduction of voice assistants like Siri and Google, brands and companies are realizing what SoapBox Labs has long known to be true: voice technology built using adult voices does not work for children," said SoapBox Labs CEO and Founder Dr. Patricia Scanlon. "In order to meet the increasing need for voice-enabled solutions that actually work in kids' play and learning, we're now scaling our diverse, committed, and world-class team—at home and abroad."
Amplify, a publisher of next-generation curriculum and assessment programs, announced last August, the release of a voice-enabled reading assessment for grades 1–6, created in collaboration with SoapBox Labs, which develops accuracy and privacy driven voice technology for children. Text Reading Online is the first literacy assessment of its kind to enable remote evaluation of oral reading fluency, accuracy, and comprehension—critical indicators of reading development for young readers.
The SoapBox voice engine has been built using a privacy-by-design approach. Protecting kids' fundamental right to voice data privacy is a cornerstone of our work and philosophy.
SOURCE: SoapBox Labs 18/03/2021