Posts Tagged ‘consumer electronics show’

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

“Your Mac Life” Interviews ZOMM at CES

YML interview with ZOMM

Posted January 7th, 2011 by Shawn

The Consumer Electronics Show is on right now in Las Vegas, Nevada and is one of the largest industry trade shows in the world. Thanks to our friends at Etymotic Research, Your Mac Life is attending CES from January 6th to 9th, 2011.

In this interview, I spoke to Laurie and Henry Penix, Co-founders of ZOMM, the world’s first Wireless Leash for cell phones. Click here to listen to the interview!

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

2011 International CES – ZOMM Goes to Vegas

As Laurie said in her 2010 wrap-up, we can hardly believe ZOMM has already been around for a year. It seems like just yesterday we were unveiling our Wireless Leash at the 2010 International CES !

However, this week we’re headed back to Las Vegas  for our second Consumer Electronics Show.

We’re excited to reveal new features and options for our ZOMM Wireless Leash this year. First, we’re introducing a color variant—Pink! Not only is pink a highly requested color for women and teens, but pink represents Breast Cancer Awareness, and ZOMM will donate a portion of each ZOMM Pink sale to the Breast Cancer research.

With many states now banning in-vehicle cell phone use, we’ve developed a ZOMM car kit to make hands-free calls even easier. The new car kit accessory pack includes a custom ZOMM visor clip, an easily detachable keychain and a custom ZOMM car charger.

Both of these new products will be on display at our booth in North Hall, #1035C. We hope you’ll stop by to check out the new products and meet our ZOMM team!

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

A Lot Can Happen in a Year! ZOMM 2010 Wrap-up

It’s hard to believe that 2010 has come and gone! It seems like just yesterday we were sitting around my dining room table putting the idea of ZOMM on paper. I can’t help but feel so blessed by everything that has happened for us and ZOMM this year.

ZOMM Wireless Leash

Let’s recap:

January – Consumer Electronics Best of Innovations Award
After unveiling the ZOMM Wireless Leash at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, ZOMM was named “Best of Innovations.” We were thrilled to be honored with this award which has been won by companies like Samsung, Panasonic and Nokia in the past.

February – Impressing the media

We continued to feel the love from CES in February. We generated about 100 million media impressions that resulted in being featured on the Today Show and Martha Stewart!

March – ZOMM Rolling off Assembly Line

In just under a year, ZOMM went from idea to reality. Needless to say, seeing the first ZOMM Wireless Leash roll off the assembly line was an incredible feeling for all of us.

April – New Headquarters Opens

By April we were settled into our new headquarters in Tulsa—complete with my homemade zebra print conference table!

May – New York City Press Tour
In May we took to the sky and traveled to New York City for a press tour. We met with editors and producers throughout the city in order to spread the word of ZOMM. Due to the press tour, we saw coverage in several national publications, including Forbes, Laptop and Good Housekeeping.

June – Official ZOMM Launch

In June we officially launched ZOMM! We fulfilled all pre-orders from CES and began selling ZOMM directly from our website and through retail.

August – Parachuting with the Army Golden Knights

We were excited to be the Titanium sponsor for in Dallas. What was even more exciting was seeing John Pozadzides make the first-ever phone call during a parachute descent…on a ZOMM!

September – ZOMM National Television Commercial
With Cali Lewis as our spokesperson, we blazed a new trail with our first National Television Commercial. Appearing on FoxNews, Biography and G4 Channels, it was another way to spread the word of ZOMM far and wide.

October – New Website
After lots of hard work and many tweaks, we rolled out the new design of our website. The new, sleek design shows off the features of ZOMM and incorporates video right onto the site! We also updated our online store, making it more user-friendly.

November – Firmware Upgrade
You talked and we listened. We took your feedback about ZOMM and made changes. Then we announced the free firmware upgrade and MyZOMM software. The upgrade included the option to turn the ZOMM ringer off as well as the ability to set the distance of the alarm.

December – Worldwide Expansion
Less than a year from our launch, ZOMM is going global. We know Americans aren’t the only people who lose their phones. So by expanding distribution to Europe, we hope to help our forgetful friends in other countries as well.

2010 has been a wild ride! We’re looking forward to 2011 as another opportunity to grow with new features, products and offices around the globe. Thank you to everyone who has played a part in our success this year! Here’s to a happy, healthy and prosperous 2011!

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

ZOMM Featured in Scientific American’s “2010 Gadget Guide”

SciAm‘s 2010 Gadget Guide: 10 Gizmos Taking Digital Learning and Entertainment to the Next Level [Slide Show]

Big pop-tech dominated the headlines this year, so we present an array of mainly pint-size products that may have sneaked under your radar.

Image 8 of 10 Image Link COURTESY OF ZOMM LLC

Are you sure you have your mobile phone with you each morning as you’re rushing out the door to go to work? Attach ZOMM, LLC’s alarm to your key ring and, assuming you haven’t also forgotten your keys, the device—four centimeters in diameter—will start to flash and vibrate when it gets more than nine meters from your phone. (The two communicate wirelessly via Bluetooth.) Because of this Bluetooth connection, the ZOMM device can also act as a speakerphone with built-in noise cancellation, enabling you to answer your phone even when it’s out of reach. A panic button feature lets you sound a 40-decibel alarm and call for local emergency assistance.
Cost: $90

See full slide show here

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Typical Mac User Features ZOMM

The new ZOMM Wireless Leash – Alarm. A neat gadget for an older guy like me

As I was cruising Twitter yesterday my friend Cali Lewis (@calilewis) tweeted that John Pozadzides (@johnpoz) was “showing off the Zomm at dinner.” Ok, what the heck is a Zomm? I was intrigued and went the their web site www.zomm.comto look at this gadget I’d never heard of. You see it seems that since I turned about 45 my memory is not one of my strongest attributes. I often forget my iPhone in the house, or I panic because I think I have lost it but left it in the house. As I read about what the Zomm could do for $79.99 US., I thought maybe this is the answer to this problem.

As if we needed more proof that we live in the future we now have the Zomm. It a part Blue-tooth speakerphone, “wireless leash,” and panic button. I saw on their site that it was available at Best Buy so I went over this morning and bought one. I usually request a review unit, but given my propensity to loose things, I could not wait.

At first I thought it would be too big and the last thing I wanted was another huge dongle in my pocket. I was happily surprised that the Zomm is about the size of an old silver dollar and weighs barely a quarter of an ounce. So that for me is not a problem. I had to charge the unit for about two hours before using it, but after a very user friendly activation process (via an OS X app) the device worked just as advertised.

So here is how the Zomm works as a wireless leash. After pairing with your cell phone, it sounds an alarm, first vibrating, then flashing, and finally beeping loudly,whenever it loses the Blue-tooth link (usually at around 30 feet). I took a walk outside and about the time I got to the middle of the street sure enough I knew I did not have my iPhone 4.

So for an older guy like me the Zomm is going to keep me from forgetting my phone at home, work, or anywhere I might leave it lying around. That for me is worth the price of this device along. Now I just have to remember not to lose my keys. The Zomm also vibrates, flashes, and beeps whenever a call comes in. That’s a real advantage as sometimes I don’t feel my iPhone 4 when its on vibrate only mode.

Read the full review

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

ZOMM: Proud to Be Titanium Sponsor of

We are proud to announce that we are the Titanium Sponsor for 2010! The event takes place August 27 – 29 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Addison, Texas. But you’re probably wondering what is, aren’t you?

“OpenCamp is the SouthWest’s first multi-platform web conference. With top speakers covering topics ranging from social media to technical development, content creation, revenue generation and more, webmasters and web developers, bloggers, podcasters and technologists on any platform are welcome.”

The event will consist of speakers, break-out sessions, a help desk and, of course, parties and prizes! Included on the full list of speakers is Cali Lewis, of GeekBeat.TV (formerly GeekBrief), a familiar face as she’s covered ZOMM when we first announced at CES and then again this past month when she had a chance to demo it!

We’re very excited to be part of such a great event and to give other start-ups the opportunity to learn about blogging and social media. Our team will be attending the entire event, so come out and say hello!

Interested in attending? Or just want to learn more about the event? Check out this video:

Visit to register!

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

The “WellConnectedMom” Reviews the ZOMM

Have You Joined the Loser Club?
by Lori Cunningham

{For a chance to win a ZOMM, see the end of this post}

You may recall from my CES 2010: Great Technology Products for Moms article in January, that the ZOMM, was my #1 favorite product from CES (Consumer Electronics Show). The Zomm was created by a mom, Laurie Penix, whose three children were constantly losing their cellphones. ZOMM stands for Zac, Olivia and Madison’s Mom. The ZOMM is a keychain you attach to your keys that connects wirelessly, through Bluetooth, to your cell phone. Should you leave your house, a taxi cab, a restaurant, the gym, etc. without your phone, the ZOMM, will set off an alarm to alert you that you are leaving your phone behind. I had the opportunity to talk with Laurie at CES as a member of the press.

Click here for the giveaway details and to read the full article

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Company Backgrounder

ZOMM is the world’s first Bluetooth® wireless leash for mobile phones, with call notification, speakerphone functionality and personal security. It is the brainchild of Laurie Penix, a mother of three, who kept hearing her kids and friends complain about their lost mobile phones. Together with her husband, Henry, they created ZOMM.

Before being unveiled to the world, ZOMM won a “best of innovation” award from a prestigious panel of judges from The Consumer Electronic Association.

The award will be accepted when ZOMM is unveiled to the world at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas, January 5th, 2010. This momentum will propel ZOMM to a global brand and household name.

Past award winners include industry leaders such as: Sony, Nokia, Samsung, Panasonic and others, giving ZOMM instant credibility.

ZOMM is one of those products that makes everyone who hears about it say, “I should have thought of that”.

It is that simplicity; coupled with such a vast need among 2 billion Bluetooth enabled mobile phone users worldwide that will make ZOMM a global “must have” for every Bluetooth enabled mobile phone.

To create an award-winning product, you must have an award winning team. Some of the world’s leading professionals have been assembled to create a world-class user experience with ZOMM. From England to Hong Kong and Seattle to China, ZOMM’s dream team has compiled thousands of hours in bringing a smart, stable and highly marketable product to market.

ZOMM is not a gimmick, but fills a need in one of the most aggressively expanding markets in the world… mobile phones.

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

News On 6: Interview


Henry and Laurie Penix were interviewed on News On 6: Tulsa. They had a great time demoing the ZOMM and discussing the benefits of working out of Tulsa, OK. We all look forward to more coverage from News On 6.


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