Smartstones :prose wins Gold Edison Award

We're pleased to announce that we've taken home the gold at this year's Thomas Edison Awards in the category of Social Innovation. We're pleased to be among former winners such as 3M, Apple, Tesla, and hundreds of other innovative companies, large and small.

:prose, our sensory speech app, was reviewed by hundreds of industry experts and opinion leaders during the nomination process, and selected by the Edison Awards Steering Committee as the Gold award winner at the Awards Gala in NYC April 21st.

 Other finalists in the category were Autism Core Skills by Infiniteach (Silver), and No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project from the Clinton Foundation (Bronze).

Other finalists in the category were Autism Core Skills by Infiniteach (Silver), and No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project from the Clinton Foundation (Bronze).

You can see the full winners list for 2016 here:

See more information about the Edison Awards and winners 2015, 2014, and 2013, at

The winner of this year's Edison Achievement Award was John Chambers, Executive Chairman, and former CEO of Cisco Systems. More Information

What are the Edison Awards? (official statement)

Since 1987, the Edison Awards™ have recognized and honored some of the most innovative new products, services and business leaders in the world.

The Edison Awards™ is an annual competition honoring excellence in new product and service development, marketing, human-centered design, and innovation. The competition is open to innovative organizations across the globe. The Edison Awards™ are focused on the innovators as much as the innovations – a unique distinction in the world of award programs. Award winners represent "game changing" products and services, as well as excellence and leadership in innovation around four criteria: Concept, Value, Delivery, and Impact. An Edison Award represents significant value to the award winner and to the cause of innovation and highlights the strong marketing value of an unbiased 3rd-party endorsement.

The Awards are named after Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) whose extraordinary new product and market development methods garnered him 1,093 U.S. patents and made him a household name across the world. The Edison Awards™ symbolize the persistence and excellence personified by Thomas Edison and his Menlo Park team, while also strengthening the human drive for innovation, creativity, and ingenuity.

Have you heard about the Think to Speak Beta?

We've teamed up with Emotiv to adapt their EEG brainwave monitor headsets to work with :prose. For the first time ever, you can Think to Speak by simply associating spoken phrases in :prose with mental and facial commands. Think or express the command, and your phrase will speak aloud, using only the headset and an iOS device. Get first access to the Think to Speak beta by clicking below:

Are you a teacher, education tech specialist, SLP, or other specialist who wants :prose for your school or organization?

We are offering flexible packages for education specialists to implement :prose in special education classrooms, rehab facilities, hospitals, community centers, and other organizations that provide services to individuals with communication challenges. Get in touch with us, and we'll help you figure out what will best serve your needs.

Lucas Cohen

Smartstones, Inc., State St, Santa Barbara, CA, United States