Beat the micro-games and speak when prompted!
Voicecade is a series of short, fast-paced micro-games being used to collect voice recordings of children ages 6 – 12, which are being used for the development of a speech recognition engine tailored to child speech in partnership with Dalhousie University’s NeuroCognitive Imaging Lab (NCIL) and Copernicus Labs, Inc.
Voicecade will ask your child to play the games and say some words out loud. These words will be recorded. Child voice samples are personal information; therefore, we ask parents to provide consent via email during account set up before your child can play our app.
This speech recognition engine is being built by Copernicus Labs, Inc., to be used in educational games, which we are presently developing to teach language, early literacy, and other early education skills.
Safety & Privacy:
- Audio responses will be recorded and saved on the mobile device the child is using, and transferred over to a secure server controlled by Copernicus Labs, Inc.
- User information (e.g., age, sex) will be linked to the audio recordings through an unidentifiable code. There will be no way for anyone to link any data we have to the parent or their child.
- User information collected is limited to what is necessary in order to analyze the data we are collecting. - More specifically, after every few micro-games, the app will prompt the child to say out loud the name of an object shown to them on the screen. The app will start recording their voice after they tap the microphone icon, but the app will not record audio samples longer than a few seconds. It will always be clear to the user that the microphone is on, and it only stays activated for a few seconds (it does not remain “on”). The app will not incite users to speak freely.
- Collected data will be accessed and used only at the NeuroCognitive Imaging Lab and Copernicus Labs Inc.