Zomm Lets You Put A Wireless "Leash" On Your Cell Phone

Posted: May 11 2010, 12:48pm CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 9:02pm CDT, in News | Mobile Phones


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I've lost my phone in a cab, misplaced it at a friend's apartment, and absent-mindedly left home without it. So if a new product from start-up company Zomm lives up to its claims, it may just save my life.
The Zomm works like this: attach it to your keychain or something else that you'll always have with you. Then pair its Bluetooth functionality with your phone. If the phone goes beyond a pre-determined distance from the Zomm, the Zomm will begin to flash a series of lights and can even sound an alarm if programmed.

The device was created by Laurie Penix and her husband Henry, after their children constantly complained about losing their cell phones. The name "ZOMM" stands for "Zachry, Olivia, and Madison's Mom."

Zomm was first on display at this year's Consumer Electronics Show and was today showcased by trade group Bluetooth SIG to highlight the functionality and practical uses of Bluetooth technology.

In addition to the lost-phone solution, the Zomm acts as a separate Bluetooth speakerphone for your mobile device, and users can even program the device as an emergency call transmitter. There's a button on the Zomm that can be programmed to automatically dial 911 or another emergency number when pressed.

The Zomm Web site says that orders are expected to ship in April, May, and June, so it's unclear if the product is available now or if customers are still waiting for their purchase.

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