Posts Tagged ‘ZOMM Mom’

Monday, May 9th, 2011

ZOMM on Great Day St. Louis (KMOV-TV)

ZOMM Pink is featured on the Monday, May 9th episode of  “Good Day St. Louis” – ZOMM is seen at the 1:45 mark.

Monday, January 17th, 2011

ZOMM start-up story featured on MSNBC

Booming Business: Zomm

MSNBC’s Your Business

5:13 | Jan 16, 2011 – There are plenty of big names at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas every year, but small business owners are making their presence known as well. For most companies, the road to CES takes years, but for one small Oklahoma tech startup, it took only months. So how did Zomm do it? It was one part inspiration and one part shear force of will.

See the full video on MSNBC here.

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

ZOMM on Nickelodeon’s ParentsConnect

about ZOMM – Online:

“Where is my phone?”

If you – or your kids – find yourself asking this question several times a day, you could benefit from getting to know ZOMM. It’s a wireless “leash” that hangs from your keychain and is Bluetooth-enabled to vibrate, flash, and sound an alarm every time users walk too far away from their phone.

We liked the concept from the get-go, and found it easy to set up and activate. But what made us fall in love with ZOMM is that it can be set up to be an answerable speakerphone device because, let’s face it, just because we know our phone is in our purse doesn’t mean we can get to it at the moment the ringtone starts sounding. Another huge safety plus – it can sound a panic alarm, and by continuing to hold down the ZOMM multifunction button through the alarm, it can call local emergency assistance. Just. Like. That.

If you’re wondering if a mother was mother of this incredible invention, the answer is yes. ZOMM stands for Zac, Olivia, and Madison’s Mom.

See the original article here

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Latest ZOMM Happenings

As usual, things have been super busy in the ZOMM headquarters this fall.  We’ve been busy traveling to conferences like Opencamp and shows like CTIA’s Mobile Focus in order to spread the word about ZOMM.

That’s not all we’ve been doing to spread the word, though. Zac, the Z in ZOMM and our web designer, has been hard at work designing, updating and tweaking our website. Though every stage has looked great, we think the version up now is especially user-friendly. Check it out and let me know what you think!

Another way we’ve been spreading the word of ZOMM is through a national television commercial! The beautiful Cali Lewis serves as our spokesperson in the 30-second spot. Maybe you’ve seen it? It’s been running on FoxNews, Biography and G4 Channels. Make sure to let us know if you see it in your area! If you just can’t wait to see it on TV, visit our YouTube channel to see the commercial, and lots of other awesome ZOMM videos.

Have a great week everyone!

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

Friday, August 6th, 2010

ABC News Features ZOMM on Nationally Televised Segment

Latest Summer Gadgets

Tech guru Greg Harper on summer’s hottest products

Watch the video on ABC News

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

New ZOMM Video! Preventing Mobile Phone Loss at Lunch

Hello everyone!

It’s been awhile since my last post, mostly due to the fact that we have been ridiculously busy since ZOMM launched in June. It seems like just yesterday we were sending out our first shipments!

We’ve also been very busy making new videos to share with you. All of our new videos will be featured on the ZOMM YouTube channel in the next few months. For now, though, I’m excited to show you the first one we launched, titled ZOMM –Preventing Mobile Phone Loss at Lunch:

Friday, July 9th, 2010

The New York Times Reviews the ZOMM

Keeping Your Phone on a Digital Leash

What happens when you have misplaced your iPhone or Android? You know the feeling — panic. And so many of us can be seen tightly grasping our phones. Maybe we want to be quick on the draw in case a call comes in. Or maybe the cost of replacing the do-everything smartphone is too high. Or maybe the phones have just become a part of our selves.

All of this is why a new product from Zomm may wind up hitting a nerve. A small electronic disc that fits on a key ring, the product, also called the Zomm, connects to a phone via Bluetooth. Separate the two devices by more than 30 feet, and the Zomm first vibrates, then flashes and then screams.

Read the Full Article

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Mompreneurs: Our Generation’s Superwoman

Here at ZOMM we are proud to say that our product—the first wireless leash for mobile phones—is the brainchild of a mom. Our ZOMM Mom, Laurie Penix, is the Co-Founder and President of our company. Laurie’s a hard-working entrepreneur, and an even harder-working mom. Because of this, you’ve probably seen (or heard) us refer to her as a “mompreneur.”

So just what is a Mompreneur?

Since the newly-coined word isn’t in the dictionary (yet), we turned to the online Urban Dictionary to find a definition. They define “mompreneur”as:

“An entrepreneur who also happens to be a mother. Some may prefer to transpose the professional and personal roles to read a mother who happens to be an entrepreneur.

According to the latest research done by Entrepreneur magazine, there are 10.6 million women-owned businesses in the United States, and these businesses are generating $2.5 trillion in revenue each year. The same study showed that women are opening businesses at twice the rate of men. The numbers are quite impressive…

However, is anyone really surprised?

Moms are multi-taskers. And moms know everything. (Didn’t yours?) For years moms have been juggling multiple responsibilities and basically being superwomen. Whether it’s finding lost socks, cooking a 5-course meal or coaxing a stubborn child into swimming lessons, moms make it look easy. So it doesn’t surprise us that they are so successful as entrepreneurs…er, mompreneurs.

Being a successful mompreneur requires a delicate balance between work and family time. Many moms choose to work out of their homes so they can be close to their children. Others create family-friendly office environments. This is a bit easier for our ZOMM Mom since her children are all in college. (Laurie’s oldest, Zac, works as the IT director for ZOMM.)

However, it’s still something every working mom must think about.

As usual, though, moms across the nation are handling the balance gracefully. You can learn about their successes by checking out some of these popular blogs and groups dedicated to (and made by) mompreneurs:

Mompreneur Blogs & Mompreneur Groups

Are you a successful mompreneur? Know any? We’d love to hear your stories!

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

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