Blog Post: Why FreeBell?

The Liberty Bell Photo Credit: Wehwalt. Copyrighted 1872 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Liberty Bell

Photo Credit: Wehwalt. Copyrighted 1872 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Last week we talked about how the company is named Olive Devices after the idea of the olive branch and extending a helping hand to others. If you are looking at our website you might also see another important name floating around, FreeBell. This is the name for the first product from Olive Devices, a combination of a wearable device and an app that enables dictation, recording, and showing the direction of sounds around you.

You might be wondering where the name FreeBell came from too. It all started with Renee’s Industrial Design senior project at Philadelphia University. This is the project that would eventually turn into FreeBell and lead to the founding of Olive Devices.

Philadelphia is often a city associated with freedom, because it was the location of many important events in our nation’s founding. For those of you who have forgotten fifth-grade history class (hey it happens, we’re not judging), it is where both the United States Constitution and the Declaration of Independence were formed and signed. One of the most powerful and enduring symbols of Philadelphia and of freedom in America is the Liberty Bell.

A year later, the name FreeBell after many days of writing words upon words, upon words onto a whiteboard, pondering them for days and then finally making the connection. This also alludes to the freedom that our users will gain from our new, innovative methods of communication. These are the main meanings behind FreeBell: the history of the city Olive Devices was created in, the symbolism of the Liberty Bell, as well as the freedom we want to help give to our users.

Sincerely,