Posts Tagged ‘hands-free’

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Fight Drowsy Driving

Are you a drowsy driver? Falling asleep behind the wheel is scary, and not something we hope any of you will ever have to deal with. That’s why yesterday was Drowsy Driver Awareness Day. In honor of that, we’ve compiled a list of 5 tips to battle drowsy driving:

drowsy driver tips zomm

Grab a Healthy Energy Boost
While caffeine like coffee or Redbull offer a quick fix, the effects often wear off quickly and leave you more tired than before. Instead, opt for a healthy snack that can boost energy levels. Grab a snack that is full of healthy carbs and proteins, like fresh fruit, baby carrots or peanut butter with crackers. Wash it down with water to add an extra oomph of energy.

Create Discomfort
You’re less likely to fall asleep if you’re uncomfortable. Blast yourself with chilly air by rolling down the windows or cranking the AC. Change the way you’re sitting in your seat so that it’s not completely comfortable or (even though it’s not much fun) think about a frustrating issue in your life.

Get Your Heart Pumping
If you’re on a long trip, staying in the driver’s seat too long can be what’s causing your drowsiness (not that you’re actually sleepy). If that’s the case, pull in at a gas station or rest stop and get your blood pumping. Do jumping jacks, jog around the parking lot or take a brisk walk—the increase in your heart rate will give you a burst of energy.

Start a Conversation
Is there someone in the passenger’s seat? If so, start up a lively conversation to keep your mind off the drowsiness. Riding solo? Use a hands-free device to call a friend or family member. If you decide to take this route, make sure you know the rules of the state you’re driving in—some outlaw cell phones of any kind while driving.

Stop and Take a Nap
Sometimes the only way to fight off drowsiness is to give in to it. Especially if you’re on a long road trip, it’s okay to stop for a quick catnap, or pull in to a hotel for the night. If you’re traveling close to home, think about how important it really is to get to where you’re going—can you spare a few hours to sleep before heading on your way?

Not all of these tips are guaranteed to work for everyone. Try them out and see which works the best for your body. And remember, if all else fails, stop and sleep!

Do you have tips for drowsy drivers? Leave them in the comments section!

Monday, March 21st, 2011

ZOMM Featured in Los Angeles Times

Cell phone panic: This alerts you if you’ve left yours behind

If you leave your cellphone behind, this device will alert you.

By Judi Dash special to the Times

Bzzz, flash, screech — that’s your cellphone being left behind.

Well, actually, that’s the new Zomm Wireless Leash ($99.99), a little round keychain-sized device that, when activated, uses Bluetooth technology to detect and sound an alert if you and your Bluetooth-enabled cellphone become separated by 20 to 40 feet.

A built-in panic button lets you initiate a piercing alarm and auto-dials 911.

Info: (888) 821-0888, Zomm

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Cell Phones and Driving: Know the Laws

Talking on a cell phone while driving: One of the hottest topics in state and local legislatures across the country. Do you know the laws in your state? Thanks to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, we’ve compiled a list of info to help you educate yourself:

As of January 2011, 9 states have completely banned the use of hand-held cell phones while driving:

  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Utah
  • Washington

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Local laws (not state-wide) have been implemented in several localities, including:

  • Oahu, Hawaii
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Brookline, Massachusetts
  • Detroit, Michigan
  • Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Waupaca County, Wisconsin
  • Cheyenne, Wyoming

Other cell phone and driving related laws include:

  • 28 states have restricted the use of cell phones by novice drivers
  • 30 states have banned text messaging for all drivers
  • 8 states have banned text messaging for novice drivers

While many states have restricted the use of hand-held cell phones and devices, several still allow for the use of hands-free devices. ZOMM’s hands-free car kit and built-in speakerphone is one of many options available for a safer driving experience.

Be smart and drive safe!

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

ZOMM Bluetooth Speakerphone Function Hands-Free Calls with Cali Lewis

Do you talk with your hands? Do you like to take calls while on-the-go? Are you looking for the perfect Bluetooth speakerphone to make all that possible? Our good friend, Cali Lewis, says ZOMM is the answer.

Not only does ZOMM provide a way to take calls, it’s also a Wireless Leash to prevent you from losing your phone, and has the ability to dial 911 with the press of button!

Friday, September 24th, 2010

WIRED Reviews the ZOMM

ZOMM Electronic Leash

Reviewed by Michael S. Lasky  • September 23, 2010
Want a Speakerphone That Doubles as a Panic Button? We've Got You Covered
$80  •

Want a Speakerphone That Doubles as a Panic Button? We’ve Got You Covered

The ZOMM looks and feels like a cheap trinket you’d get at the third-rate gadget convention. But don’t let this first impression fool you. In a pinch, the ZOMM can save your cell and maybe your butt.

About the size of a prune (eww), the ZOMM attaches to a keychain or lanyard and pairs via Bluetooth to your phone. The idea: If you stray too far from the phone the ZOMM emits a high-pitched alarm or flashes its lights or vibrates indicating you’re about to leave your cell behind. Press the gigantic ‘Z’ button on the side of the ZOMM and the alarm will cease.

If that’s all the ZOMM did it certainly wouldn’t be worth 80 bucks. But the thing also moonlights as a fairly decent hands-free speakerphone. Considering the diminutive size of the device, the sound is surprisingly good at both ends of the conversation. While there is currently no volume control, an upcoming firmware update promises to add this.

The ZOMM can also act as a panic button if shit starts to get real. Say you’re about to be mugged. Hold the Z button down for 10 seconds and the alarm squeals. We’re not sure if a perp would find this aggravating (leading to an ass kicking), scary (leading to him running away), or hilarious (leading to a light ass kicking). The ZOMM will also dial 911 if you keep the button held down for additional 5 seconds. Can’t talk to the operator because your mouth is full of bloody Chiclets? The ZOMM also has a GPS that will pinpoint your location.

Initial activation, firmware updates, and programming the emergency call to a number other than 911 are all done via a small downloaded PC app. The lithium ion battery keeps the ZOMM going for about three days but has only enough power to last through, at best, 2 hours of talk time.

Still not bad for a gizmo that can potentially get you out of a jam and more importantly prevent your cellphone from being left behind. But one taxing question remains: If you use a ZOMM too much do you eventually become a ZOMM-bie?

WIRED Multitasks better than Ari Gold. Brain-dead simple to set up and activate. Stays powered for up to three days.

TIRED Lack of volume control dependent on promised firmware updates. Speakerphone doesn’t pick up sounds well unless directly in front of you. Emergency call takes at least 15 seconds to initiate.

  • Manufacturer: ZOMM
  • Price: $80

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

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

ZOMM = A Mother’s Peace of Mind

With my two girls being on their own this summer, I felt better knowing they had their ZOMMs. I knew that with a ZOMM in hand, they would drive safer by using the call notification and speakerphone feature. I knew they wouldn’t leave their phones behind during one of their many outings with the wireless leash feature. And I knew they would be protected by the panic alarm and emergency calling feature.

Knowing they had all of that protection from one small device made me feel so much more at ease.

I will admit, I cried when I had to leave them on their own, but it was definitely comforting to know they had their ZOMMs. My girls are headed off to college and I’m making sure their ZOMMs are packed with them for that adventure as well!

Want to pack a ZOMM with your son or daughter as they go off to college? Visit our website, to get one!

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

ZOMM CTO Gets Caught in the Act! A Message From Peter

Have you ever done something that you know you shouldn’t have…and then got caught in the act?

This happened to me just the other weekend.

As CTO of ZOMM, I carry multiple cell phones and one or more ZOMMs with me at most times.  I keep my work phone paired with the ZOMM on my car keys so that I can answer calls on the go.  That strategy works well for me during the week, but fails me when I borrow my wife’s SUV on weekends.

In this case, while driving the SUV with a spare key set that did not have an attached ZOMM, I got an important work call and was forced to answer the call directly from my phone…

“In 2008, the hands-free law (ESSB 5037) went into effect that prohibits the use of a wireless device such as a cell phone being held to your ear while you are driving.”

…as soon as I put the phone to my ear, I knew I had made the wrong choice. The embarrassing red and blue lights in my rear view mirror further confirmed my bad decision.

As I chatted with the officer, I explained how ironic the situation was.  After all, as CTO of ZOMM, I know the safety benefits of using ZOMM as a hands-free device while driving.  Not only does ZOMM help me manage my calls hands free, but I also know that should I ever be in an accident, help is only a button press away.

Sadly, my explanation didn’t convince her to turn my ticket into a warning… but she really liked ZOMM! She told me that she would be happy to share the virtues of ZOMM as a hands-free device with the other 80 folks she would catch with cell phones to their ears that day.

While her endorsement is welcome, I hope that you were not unlucky enough to hear about ZOMM from that police officer.

I’ve learned my lesson. Those hands-free laws are tough, and the tickets are very expensive. Get your ZOMMs, use them and drive safe everyone!

- Peter

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

ZOMM – Keeping you Safe and Hands-Free while Driving

ZOMM is a Wireless Leash™ for your mobile phone, but it’s also a great hands-free speakerphone option. With one click of the Z-button, you can easily and safely, answer calls on-the-go! See the ZOMM in action in this video:

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