Irish startup SoapBox Labs is building speech recognition tech for kids
Irish startup SoapBox Labs is on a mission to create what it calls “the world’s most accurate and accessible speech technology for children”, tech it plans to offer to third-party hardware and app developers. These span educational apps that support reading and language development, children’s voice-control for IoT devices in the home, smart toys, and AR/VR experiences.
Founded in 2013 by Dr. Patricia Scanlon, an ex-Bell Labs researcher and PhD with nearly 20 years experience in the area of speech recognition technologies, the young company is based on the premise that speech recognition tech built for adults, such as that most recently found in devices like the Amazon Echo or Google Home, doesn’t work as well as it could do for kids.That’s because children have higher pitched voices and different speech patterns. Crucially, unlike adults, younger children d...
Read more news from TechCrunch