SoapBox Labs is delighted to announce today that our application for funding under The Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund (DTIF) has been successful. In conjunction with consortium partners XPERI and the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), this funding will allow SoapBox Labs to embark on a new and truly disruptive AI project: Data-center Audio/Visual Intelligence on-Device (DAVID).
DAVID is an on-device multi-modal AI platform, encompassing both voice and vision, that offers the user complete privacy while driving deeper and more natural interactions with smart toys, games, AR/VR, and smart home devices.
Commenting on the DTIF news, CEO and founder Patricia Scanlon explained that the DTIF innovation grant forms part of an overall €12M project by SoapBox Labs and its two consortium partners to unlock new markets, including the smart toys market:
“The smart toy market represents a huge opportunity for SoapBox Labs but to win it we must first deliver our innovative kids’ voice technology as an embedded solution, so that no data goes to the cloud for processing and kids’ privacy is completely protected. The DTIF investment and collaboration with Xperi and NUIG then allows us to accelerate the delivery of a brand new and immersive voice and vision experience on-device for kids, and that’s exciting for SoapBox Labs as well as for Ireland’s positioning as an AI Island”.
About SoapBox Labs - “We Are Voice Tech for Kids”
SoapBox Labs is a kids’ speech recognition technology company founded in Dublin in 2013 by Dr Patricia Scanlon. Our mission is to deliver the most accurate, safe, and age appropriate voice-enabled experiences to kids everywhere.
SoapBox Labs currently licenses its proprietary online, offline and embedded kids’ speech recognition solutions to companies in the areas of smart toys, AR/VR, robotics and gaming; as well as literacy and English language learning.
SoapBox Labs was named one of Europe’s hottest startups by Wired UK in 2019. Founder and CEO Dr. Patricia Scanlon was named one of Forbes Top 50 Women in Tech globally in 2018. http://www.SoapBoxLabs.com
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About Xperi Corporation
Xperi Corporation (Nasdaq: XPER) and its brands, DTS, FotoNation, HD Radio, Invensas, and Tessera, are dedicated to creating innovative technology solutions that enable extraordinary experiences for people around the world. Xperi’s solutions are licensed by hundreds of leading global partners and have shipped in billions of products in areas including premium audio, automotive, broadcast, computational imaging, computer vision, mobile computing and communications, memory, data storage, and 3D semiconductor interconnect and packaging. For more information, please visit http://www.xperi.com
DAVID Project Summary: Develop a ‘privacy by design’ AI platform, capable of multi-modal, ultra-low power consumption, ‘data centre’ level processing of audio and vision data on-device, without the need to transmit any personal data to the cloud. This platform has immediate applicability in smart toy and IoT markets where data privacy is a key concern.
About DTIF: The Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund is a €500 million fund established under Project Ireland 2040 and is run by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation with administrative support from Enterprise Ireland.