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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 Openca.mp 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, June 22nd, 2010

Welcome to the ZOMM Office!

Hello friends! Today we’ll be taking you on a little photo tour of the brand new ZOMM headquarters. We moved in about a month ago, but it already feels like home. (After all we are in the Penix’s home town of Tulsa, Oklahoma.)

Take a look at the photos below for a glimpse into life at ZOMM!

ZOMM HQ collage

Top Left - Right: ZOMM front desk, Laurie's office door, Henry's desk and the conference room.

Monday, June 7th, 2010

TulsaWorld – “ZOMM is a high-tech phone leash you can love”

Work on the ZOMM wireless leash has finally wrapped up, and Henry and Laurie Penix’s creation is shipping out across the nation.

The basic idea behind the ZOMM's keystone function — pair the device with your cell phone via Bluetooth and it sounds an alert if the two become separated — is brilliant; it’s one of those “why on Earth didn’t I think of that” concepts that are simple yet tremendously useful.

But how does it work in reality? I’ve carried one with me for a week and put the Tulsa creation through its paces.

The ZOMM is meant to be carried with your keys or purse at all times so you’ll get a reminder if you wander off without your phone. It’s the size of a poker chip and right at half an inch thick, so it fit comfortably in my pocket without taking up much space at all.

A single button on the device’s face controls every function, but since it’s slightly recessed I never accidentally set it off with my butt.

Pairing the ZOMM to my iPhone was a quick and painless process, and it should be the same for any other Bluetooth phone. Once activated, the ZOMM will occasionally flash slightly to let you know it’s active.

The alert kicks in when you leave Bluetooth range, which for me was about 50 feet. First the ZOMM will pulse, then it will flash brightly, then it will sound a somewhat loud alert. It’s not ear-splitting, but the alarm will definitely get your attention unless you’re at something like a rock concert.

Once the alarm goes off, you can silence it with the click of the ZOMM's button. Thankfully, the device automatically re-pairs with the phone once you get it back with a quiet, subtle chirp, so there’s no need for a complicated reset and no wondering whether it’s re-paired.

The ZOMM's second function is as a remote speakerphone, so you can answer your cell while driving without having to dig through your pocket or purse. One click answers the phone, two sends the call to voice mail. And yes, the ZOMM will ring along with your phone.

While driving on the Broken Arrow Expressway, I found the speakerphone volume was just loud enough for me to hear it over the roar of the road, and my callers could hear me fine. Thanks to some impressive noise canceling, the people I talked to didn’t hear the driving noises at all.

In fact, when I talked to one of my editors while going from full speed on the BA to a complete stop at an exit, he didn’t hear any of it. That’s on par with any of the best noise canceling tech I’ve used.

The sole drawback to this function is that the ZOMM will ring fairly loudly every time your phone does. If you have to put your phone on silent, you’ll have to remember to turn off the ZOMM as well.

It was easy enough to test the panic alarm; just hold down the button long enough and it’ll go off. The panic alarm is much louder than the ZOMM's other functions and sounds like a police siren, so people from well over 50 feet away will know you’re in distress.

Finally, hold down the button even longer and the ZOMM will have the phone dial 911. The phone has to be active for this to work, though you can of course use the ZOMM as the speakerphone.

The ZOMM's instructions will direct you to “activate” it via your computer, but for now the registration only works if you’re using OS-X for Mac or the 32-bit versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7. Henry Penix said support for other operating systems is coming, but I was able to use the ZOMM's functions just fine right out of the box even without activation.

But that and the need to remember to mute the ZOMM, both minor annoyances at worst, were the only drawbacks I could find. The device is easy to use, unobtrusive and very handy. I’m sure plenty of people outside of Oklahoma will come to love the ZOMM.

Read more from this Tulsa World article HERE

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

You’re Invited!—ZOMM Open House

We’re excited to announce that we are opening our doors to you, the public, to see what goes on inside the ZOMM headquarters. Our Open House will be the perfect opportunity to meet the ZOMM team, including CEO Henry Penix, VP of Global Sales & Marketing Larry Wallace and, yes, the ZOMM Mom, Laurie Penix.

ZOMM front entrance

Date: Saturday, June 5, 2010
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: ZOMM Headquarters, 8620 S. Peoria, Tulsa, OK, 74132

Join us for music and refreshments while enjoying a tour of our offices and seeing where all the magic happens.

We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

The Oklahoman

Tulsa woman’s cell ‘leash’ becoming a quick success

A cell phone “leash” created by Tulsa entrepreneur Laurie Penix is already gaining popularity as a new way for people to keep track of their wireless devices.

TULSA — A cell phone “leash” created by Tulsa entrepreneur Laurie Penix is already gaining popularity as a new way for people to keep track of their wireless devices.

The ZOMM connects wirelessly to a cell phone using Bluetooth technology and when the phone is 30 feet away, the device will vibrate, light up and sound an alarm.

“You can’t walk away and leave your phone,” Penix said. “We’re hoping it’s going to be the new must-have for all the Bluetooth phones.”

Penix said she came up with the idea for ZOMM — which is also the name of the company — when a friend called her and said her husband again had lost his phone. “I thought ‘there’s got to be a way to keep people from forgetting their phones,’” she said.

The name ZOMM stands for “Zac, Olivia and Madison’s Mom.”

ZOMM can be clipped to a key chain or purse and also works as a hands-free speakerphone and a panic alarm.

Thousands of ZOMMs have been shipped to customers who preordered. Penix said they are working to get the devices into major retail stores in the coming weeks. ZOMM costs $79.99.

Penix said she can’t wait for people to start using a ZOMM so they can experience how helpful it is. “I love my ZOMM,” she said.

JENNIFER PALMER, BUSINESS WRITER

Read more

Monday, May 24th, 2010

The ZOMM Has Arrived!

Just under one year ago, we, the ZOMM team,  sat around the my dining room table mapping out the plan for the ZOMM. Now, less than a year later, the inaugural shipment of the world’s first wireless leash for mobile phones has arrived at our ZOMM headquarters in Tulsa, Oklahoma!

Henry & Laurie Penix ZOMM arrival

We all gathered anxiously around the truck as the first boxes came off. Being the “ZOMM Mom,” I choked back tears as I witnessed the culmination of the entire ZOMM team’s last year of hard work in bringing my dream to life.

My ZOMM is now a reality!

Not only is there now a product that will keep people from misplacing, leaving behind or losing their cell phones, but thanks to innovative Bluetooth technology, mobile phone users will also now have the ability to be notified and take calls directly from their ZOMM device, WHICH, by the way, also acts as a panic alarm in emergency situations. That’s right—ZOMM is a 3-in-1 device!

Once the entire team celebrated this unforgettable moment of ZOMM’s arrival , we got right back to work as we prepped retailers, sales reps and our Public Relations team for the official ZOMM release is around the corner.

If you pre-ordered a ZOMM on our Website, your device has been shipped!  If you haven’t had a chance to place an order just yet, get over to the ZOMM store and buy it now!

With ZOMM, you will never lose or forget your phone again. Because it’s not just smart…it’s Alarmingly SMART.

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Summertime at ZOMM

It’s beginning to look a lot like summer! At ZOMM headquarters in Tulsa, we couldn’t be happier to see the sun finally coming out. Which also means ZOMM will be hitting stores very soon!

A lot of exciting things are going on here at ZOMM. Today we have started interviewing applicants for our internship program! If you’re college-aged, looking for a great experience and a chance to work with us in the future, then you should apply! Call 1-888-821-0888 x705 if you are interested or if you want more information!

Henry and I will be traveling to New York City next week for a media tour. I will definitely give you all an update on how it goes!

Thanks again for stopping by the blog!

Now, after a week at the office, I’m heading out to the lake to enjoy the beautiful weather! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

First ZOMMs Arrive

Hey everyone, it’s Laurie, thanks for stopping by my blog!

The first ZOMM shipments have arrived. So, everyone who pre-ordered their ZOMMs have been receiving them and we couldn’t be more excited!

At our headquarters in Tulsa, we’ve been under tornado warnings a few times in the past couple weeks. Thankfully all of our baby ZOMMs are safe and sound. If you have received your ZOMM make sure and let us know ALL about your experience. We’re already getting great responses!

Check back here for video updates from our office in Tulsa.

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Tulsa World Review

ZOMM appeared on the front page of the Tulsa World business section this morning. Henry and Laurie had a great interview yesterday with Robert Evatt discussing the conceptions of ZOMM and its four key features. From Tulsa, to CES, to the World, ZOMM is staged for rapid deployment, to be a true game changer in the mobile handset accessory market.

“One of my girlfriends had called me and asked me if she had a cell phone she could borrow, since her husband had lost her iPhone again and they couldn’t afford another one,” Laurie Penix said.

Misplacing a cell phone is one of the most common annoyances in the digital age — and sometimes a crippling one because many people now use their mobile as their only phone. Penix wondered whether there was a way to help prevent the loss of a phone.
 

Six months later, she and her husband, Henry Penix, say they’ve done just that with the Zomm.
 

The key chain device, created in Tulsa with the help of nearly 30 collaborators around the world, will be officially unveiled next week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the largest technology showcase in the world. The Zomm can send an alarm if the user walks too far away from the phone. It can also act as a remote speaker phone, personal alarm and emergency services dialer.
 

Although the show won’t begin until Tuesday, the Consumer Electronics Association — which organizes the show — has already given the “Best of Innovations” award in the wireless handset accessories category to the Zomm. The competition honors outstanding design and engineering…
 

Full Article: http://www.tulsaworld.com/20091231_52_E1_Italls139637

 

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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