Posts Tagged ‘Bluetooth’

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Celebrating “National Inventor’s Month” with a Salute to Sven Mattisson and Jaap Haartsen, Inventors of Bluetooth

May is a month for celebrating. We recently commemorated “Better Hearing and Speech Month” with a post describing five useful smartphone apps for hearing and speech impaired individuals. Now we’d like to recognize “National Inventor’s Month” with an ode to Sven Mattisson and Jaap Haartsen, the inventors of Bluetooth technology.

Exploring the History of Bluetooth Technology

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This illustrious Bluetooth history takes us back to the mid-1990’s. The leading technology companies agreed to the need for a standard way to connect devices wirelessly, regardless of their make and model. Representative of IBM, Intel, Toshiba, and Nokia, converged on Lund, Sweden, the home of Ericcson, to form Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG).

Mattisson and Haartsen, both of Ericcson, developed the Bluetooth specification, which is based on “frequency-hopping spread spectrum,” and are thus credited as the inventors. The most compelling part of the story, however, is how Bluetooth came to be known as Bluetooth.


The Viking King Harald Bluetooth is the inspiration behind Bluetooth technology.

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According to Jim Kardach, who ran Bluetooth SIG until 2001, Intel called their short-range wireless technologies program “Biz-RF.” Ericsson’s program was “MC-Link,” and Nokia had “Low Power RF.” These different—and unremarkable—names created confusion, and it became clear they needed to develop a single name.

Bluetooth allegedly came to be during a pub-crawl on a blustery Toronto night. Mattisson and Kardach, who represented Intel at the time, were drowning their sorrows after early proposals of “Biz-RF” and “MC-Link” were rejected by the early SIG, when Mattisson shared a story about the Viking King Harald Bluetooth.

Bluetooth had united warring factions in Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, much like Bluetooth technology would unite different technology made by Intel, Ericsson, Nokia, Toshiba and any of Bluetooth SIG’s 16,000 current member companies. Marketing men threw around different names, including “Flirt—getting close, but not touching,” but Bluetooth stuck.

So, today, we pay homage to the pioneers Vikings of Bluetooth technology. Without these fearless nerds, the ZOMM Wireless Leash could not exist and you and your phone would be forever-warring factions.

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, 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, February 17th, 2011

Does My Phone work with ZOMM?

A common question we get is, “Is ZOMM compatible with my phone?” It’s an alarmingly smart (nudge nudge) question for people to ask and can be easily answered with another question—“Does your phone have Bluetooth?”

Does ZOMM work with Bluetooth?

That’s right; you don’t have to own a smartphone in order to utilize ZOMM! When we made ZOMM we knew that there were a lot of people out there without smartphones—and those people hate losing their phones as much as anyone else.

Because of that, we created ZOMM with Bluetooth. Since there are few phones produced today without Bluetooth functionality, it is very likely that your phone will work with ZOMM. Basically, if your phone is Bluetooth compatible, then it is also ZOMM compatible.

To show you just how many phones are available with Bluetooth, we suggest you check out this A-Z Bluetooth directory on From the Audiovox 8290T to the VK 530 (and many, many in between), this is an extensive list of Bluetooth-ready phones. Yours is probably on it!

If you’re still unsure if your phone is with the Bluetooth game or not, you can check the user manual or scroll through the options on your phone. Typically Bluetooth is located under “settings” or “tools.”

And, of course, if you have any questions about ZOMM, don’t hesitate to contact us! You can even start a live chat with a customer service representative.

Friday, January 21st, 2011

ZOMM Featured in Chicago Tribune

Money-saving gadgets can help keep students organized too

Money-saving gadgets can help keep students organized too

These gadgets are all designed to save students money by avoiding things like lost items, unnecessary phone and Internet charges — even traffic tickets. Of course you have to spend a little money on them initially, but they’ll probably save you some cash and a lot of hassles in the long run.

ZOMM Cell Phone Tracker

Nearly everyone can relate to either misplacing or losing a phone. It’s a nightmare, with high replacement costs and even a potential violation of privacy. The ZOMM ensures that you don’t accidentally leave your phone behind, by acting as the world’s first wireless leash for all Bluetooth-enabled phones. The key chain-sized fob will flash, vibrate and even sound an alarm if you start to walk away from it.

ZOMM also acts as a speakerphone, so you can answer calls through ZOMM when the phone is out of site or while you’re driving. A panic button feature allows you to call for emergency assistance from anywhere in the world without ever touching the phone. The basic version costs $80, and fancier ZOMMs adorned with Swarovski crystals are available for $129 and up. Visit

Read the full article here.

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!

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.

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, December 3rd, 2010

ZOMM Featured in BusinessWeek’s Holiday Guide

Bloomberg Businessweek’s Total Tech Buying Guide 2010

Zomm Wireless Leash

Zomm Wireless Leash

What it is: Zomm Wireless Leash
Who makes it: Zomm
What it costs: $80

Why we like it: This little plastic disk sits on your key chain and emits an alarm if you move more than 30 feet from your wireless phone. It also doubles as an external speaker for your phone. It can even be programmed as a panic button to automatically dial your local emergency-services number. If you ever need it, you’ll be very glad you have it.

See entire gift guide here

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Giving Thanks – ZOMM Celebrates Thanksgiving

Even though we should really do it every day, each year the 4th Thursday in November is recognized as THE day to give thanks. Everyone has different things to be thankful for, whether it’s healthy family and friends, a steady job or prevailing over disaster.

Here at ZOMM, we’re thankful for many, many things, but here are a few highlights:

Bluetooth Technology
Without Bluetooth, ZOMM wouldn’t be possible. We’ve praised Bluetooth before, and we’ll continue to do so! These short wavelength radio waves have allowed us to create a one-of-a-kind product that solves a problem nearly everyone has dealt with at some point.

That brings us to another thing we are thankful for…

Forgetful People (AKA our customers)
If people weren’t so busy (and at times, forgetful) there would be no need for ZOMM. However, in the hustle and bustle of today’s society, people are often guilty of leaving their phones at home, in cabs, at a restaurant, or any one of thousands of other places. We’re thankful for these people because they’re the ones who have purchased ZOMMs and without paying customers, well…we’d be in real trouble. So, thank you!

And one more thing we’re thankful to have…

Our Fabulous Employees
We have an amazing team of talented, intelligent and fun people who have helped us make ZOMM a success. From our technology team in Seattle to our outside sales representatives and distributors to all of those in our Tulsa Headquarters, we are truly blessed to have such a great team.

This is just a snapshot of what we’re thankful for—everyday brings new blessings.

What are you thankful for this year? Share your thanksgiving blessings with us by leaving a comment below.

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