FreeBell at Work

Photo Credit: OliveDevices A mockup of what FreeBell's app could look like

Photo Credit: OliveDevices

A mockup of what FreeBell's app could look like

In the last two weeks we explained our vision for how we think #FreeBell will be able to help deaf people overall, and more specifically in school. This week we are going to take a look at how we think #FreeBell will be able to help deaf people at work. In the modern workplace collaboration is more important than ever and #FreeBell can help deaf people be more involved, no matter what their preferred way to communicate is.

Imagine that little Susie from last week has grown up and gotten a job in an office somewhere and today she has a meeting scheduled with her co-workers. As we all know, meetings can be boring and hard to follow for everyone involved. It can be even harder for deaf people. One challenge that we have discussed before is auditory fatigue. This is where deaf people have to concentrate harder in conversations, especially with people in the hearing world. This can make conversations more tiring for the deaf. With the visual cues that #FreeBell provides through sound localization, conversations will not be as fatiguing for Susie.

Often in meetings people like to take notes so that they remember what was discussed and what they need to do after the meeting. As we all probably know from experience it can be very difficult to do that while keeping up with what is being said. This can also be more difficult for deaf people due the auditory fatigue mentioned above.

Another challenge happens if Susie has an interpreter in a meeting. It could be really hard to keep visual contact to understand what the interpreter is saying while also taking notes at the same time. With #FreeBell Susie can bring up the #FreeBell app on her computer or tablet that she gets from work, or on her own personal device and #FreeBell can take notes for her.

If the Susie does not use an interpreter and instead relies mainly on cochlear implants or another method to communicate, #FreeBell can still help them by allowing them to focus on what is being said, and not on needing to take notes. All of the different features of #FreeBell can make meetings and other types of workplace collaboration easier to follow for deaf people.

So far we have looked at two different areas that #FreeBell can help make the lives of deaf people better, in school, and at work. #FreeBell is still a work in progress, but this is our vision of how #FreeBell can make a difference in the lives of deaf people in the future. Next week we will look at how #FreeBell can help with deaf people’s personal communication in the future. If you do not want to miss that post be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or Google Plus!



Daniel F