ZOMM Wireless leash

This tiny Bluetooth puck works as a trusted device and works with Touchless Control

I "rediscovered" a little gadget the other day that works great with my Moto X. Like a lot of tech enthusiasts — as in a whole freaking lot — I hit sites like Woot.com every night to see what little toys and gizmos are on the cheap. Yes, I end up buying a bunch of crap that I never use, and have a drawer (or two) filled with things my wife says I need to throw away, but sometimes you find a little golden nugget.

Like the ZOMM Wireless leash.

I admit, I forgot that Phil had already looked at these, but the lure of $17 off the normal price was too much to resist and I bought a couple. As a Moto X user lover aficionado, I'm really glad I did.

ZOMM Wireless leash

What is was designed to be is a "wireless leash" that help you keep track of stuff. Pair it with your phone, and stick it on your keychain (for example) and when your keys and your phone get too far apart, the ZOMM makes a horrible noise. That works well enough with the Moto X, as well as others like the Nexus 4 and HTC One (it didn't like the Galaxy S4 for some reason), but the secondary functions are what makes it so cool to use with my Moto X. 

You see, it's also a tiny Bluetooth speakerphone. The sound on it is less than optimal, and if you have any other sort of Bluetooth speakerphone you'll want to point and laugh, but a tiny, Bluetooth-powered speaker paired with the Moto X  or one of the new Droids is the coolest secret gadget ever.

ZOMM

I have a secure lockscreen enabled on all my phones. As long as my keys are in my pocket, my Moto X stays unlocked and I don't have to enter a password or code. If I leave my phone somewhere, my lockscreen security kicks in. Since I'll never be out of the house without my keys on purpose, this works perfect for me. 

I can also tell my Moto X to do very important things like play a Tom Petty playlist by speaking discreetly into my hand while holding the ZOMM. It doesn't make the Touchless Controls work any better, and of course any Bluetooth device adds it's own random factor to the mix, but for the most part it works as it should and I don't look like an idiot staring at a blank screen and talking to a phone.

ZOMM app  ZOMM app

You'll need to install the myZOMM app (linked at the top of this post), which I'll admit is a pretty crummy iOS style port for the most part. You need to do this so you can tell the ZOMM how to act depending on where you are. When I get into my truck, I don't want the ZOMM to act as the Bluetooth device for calls, so I made a custom "mode" for my truck. Likewise, if one of the kids needs to borrow my keys I can tell it not to make that horrible noise when they get 30-feet away. Doesn't mean that I will, just that I can. Kids need horrible ZOMM noise in their life, sometimes. The app also lets you locate your ZOMM, and whatever it may be attached to. Like your keys, or your nephew. Just kidding — I don't have a nephew. But if I did, I would totally attach a ZOMM to the lil' bugger.

While the ZOMM deal at Woot.com is long gone, you can pick one up at Amazon if you wanna give it a spin. It will cost you about $35 bucks, and they come in black, white or pink. I should've got the pink.

For it's intended feature set, the ZOMM deserves its mediocre reviews. But if you have a Moto X or a new Droid and plan on using it for a while, I think this is one little gizmo you'll enjoy and appreciate. 

 
There are 25 comments

S_C_B says:

Interesting device. I also check woot.com and 1sale.com each day for cheap stuff.

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BB_Bmore says:

This is very cool.

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codiusprime says:

Sup Jeep buddy.

I've never heard of woot.com until just now. I want to spend all of my money on that site.

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Grahaman27 says:

It cost $37 and mediocre reviews... No thanks

I want something like this that's cheap and sleek...

phositadc says:

"but for the most part it works as it should and I don't look like an idiot staring at a blank screen and talking to a phone."

Instead, you look super cool talking to a tiny black plastic orb?? Lulz.

ScottJ says:

Lulz is so..like 2011.

tonymhoffman says:

I thought only chicks used lulz

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jwyche007 says:

I like it...

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i saw this on woot the other day. started to get one. but ended up not doing so. i sure wish i would have now. it would teach me to stop leaving my keys in the car also.

as a matter of fact, when i saw the headline i thought to myself... i bet he got this on woot.

MasterElwood says:

Is there a way to get the "unlock via trusted blutooth device" thing on other phones than moto x? There is a unlock via wifi app.

Tasker maybe?

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vansmack says:

I use Delayed Lock. Works on WiFi and Bluetooth.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.j4velin.delayedlock2

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Gekko says:

no, Jerry. you're not going to convince me that carrying this cheap clunky bulky plastic piece of crap that i have to constantly recharge on my key chain is a good idea.

I hate to be the one to break this news to you, but not everything written on the Internet is for your benefit or was directed towards you.

/spoiler

Jerry, I like you. One of my favorite writers here.

ScottJ says:

It's about time. That needed to be said. There's a breed of commentator that speaks from an authoritative voice they have no reason to assume. It's as if they think everyone is waiting with baited breath for their opinion on everything. This rascal is a prime example.

Green_Laser says:

Don't have to only put on keys. Put in luggage, make your luggage sound when close on the carousel.

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lensgrabber says:

I hope you guys at AC will keep a look out for future sales. I'll wait until then.

Jonneh says:

"Kids need horrible ZOMM noise in their life, sometimes." - Love, Jerry

Jdroid3 says:

Good review, I always look forward to your stuff Jerry. You put it how it is, not how people want to hear it.

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I've been using the Cobra tag with my droid Maxx as a trusted Bluetooth device for quite a while now. It's also a keychain fob, but instead of using Bluetooth speaker profile or Audio profile, it uses Bluetooth serial port. This means that having it connected to your phone does not interfere with any of your other Audio profiles such as your cars Bluetooth speakers. No hassles with different profiles or anything like that. Battery in it lasts for a week before needing a recharge, and it features all the tethering, that is leash, features of the device you describe Jerry. I love never having to use a lock code on my phone as long as my keys are within 30 to 40 feet of the phone. One of the coolest features of the Droid Maxx.

lestat832 says:

I was looking at the Cobra...is there any way to mute to alarm because I don't necessarily want it to alarm when the phone is away from the Cobra tag?

bjsstranger says:

Is there any way that touchless controls will work with The phone still in the pocket

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vicw926a4 says:

I'm way late to this party, but I bought a Zomm for myself after Jerry's article. I haven't had much luck getting it to work on my Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 (2013), or my old Droidx, though. Somehow, the Android app never shows the device as connected, even though it does connect via Bluetooth, and works to the extent that it will trigger off the alarms at both ends if I separate them, but that's about it.

What really has me flummuxed is the supporting PC app, which I can't get to work on either of my PCs, via the Chrome or IE browsers. It just displays a mess of data on the screen that is apparently all of the underlying stuff, all overlayed on top of itself. I posted a request with Zomm support, but they haven't responded to me in over 24 hours, except for the automatic response. I may have one for sale cheap and soon, or it will go in my own toy junk drawer.