The MacGuffin

Where’s My Bleeping Phone?

Posted by Lauren Rugani on January 6, 2010

Came across this short press release out of the Consumer Electronics Show today. My head nearly exploded with “what ifs” so I felt the need to write them down.

Losing your cell phone can be exasperating and expensive. But what if your phone could call out to you, letting you know it was about to be left behind?

The first image that popped into my head was a cell phone wearing a diaper and a bonnet, sitting alone in its crib wailing at the fear of being left for dead. Sorry, but what happens if you mean to leave your cell phone behind? Some of us like to participate in outdoor activities (like, say, running?) that don’t require a mobile sidekick.

The company’s device, also called Zomm, connects wirelessly with your phone via Bluetooth and sets off an alarm if you walk away from it.

The Zomm, which is about the size of an Oreo cookie, also includes a personal alarm that users can activate and a button that will call emergency services with your phone. It acts as a speakerphone and alerts users of incoming calls as well.

Just how far away do you have to get before it goes off? Outside to get the mail? The bathroom? Hiding your face behind your hands so the Zomm *thinks* you’ve disappeared?

The Zomm, which connects to your cell phone via Bluetooth, alerts you should you attempt to do something without your cell phone in tow. Image credit: AP/Paul Sakuma

I’ll concede, having a feature that calls emergency services is handy. But if the thing goes off every time you’re beyond spitting distance from your cell phone, won’t you always have your cell phone around, which is also a pretty neat way to dial 9-1-1?

Speakerphone is cool too. Except again, most cell phones also come with that feature and, again, why use the beeping Oreo if your cell phone is right next to it? As for alerting me about incoming calls, isn’t that what a ringer is for? What’s that? What if my phone is on silent? Well, that probably means I don’t want to be disturbed anyway.

The product includes a rechargeable battery that can last for three days per charge and is expected to be available this summer for $80.

Wait — which product, the thingy, or the cell phone?

I’m pretty young, but I do remember the days of land lines. Most had a paging feature that allowed you to locate a missing handset, and the Zomm is pretty much that for a cell phone. Except if you notice in the picture, the Zomm is a keychain. What happens if you lose your keys?

The first image that popped into my head was a cell phone wearing a diaper and a bonnet, sitting alone in its crib wailing at the fear of being left for dead. Sorry, but what happens if you mean to leave your cell phone behind? Some of us like to participate in outdoor activities (like, say, running?) that don’t require a mobile sidekick.

The company’s device, also called Zomm, connects wirelessly with your phone via Bluetooth and sets off an alarm if you walk away from it.

The Zomm, which is about the size of an Oreo cookie, also includes a personal alarm that users can activate and a button that will call emergency services with your phone. It acts as a speakerphone and alerts users of incoming calls as well.

Just how far away do you have to get before it goes off? Outside to get the mail? The bathroom? Hiding your face behind your hands so the Zomm *thinks* you’ve disappeared?

The Zomm, which connects to your cell phone via Bluetooth, alerts you should you attempt to do something without your cell phone in tow. Image credit: AP/Paul Sakuma

I’ll concede, having a feature that calls emergency services is handy. But if the thing goes off every time you’re beyond spitting distance from your cell phone, won’t you always have your cell phone around, which is also a pretty neat way to dial 9-1-1?

Speakerphone is cool too. Except again, most cell phones also come with that feature and, again, why use the beeping Oreo if your cell phone is right next to it? As for alerting me about incoming calls, isn’t that what a ringer is for? What’s that? What if my phone is on silent? Well, that probably means I don’t want to be disturbed anyway.

The product includes a rechargeable battery that can last for three days per charge and is expected to be available this summer for $80.

Wait — which product, the thingy, or the cell phone?

I’m pretty young, but I do remember the days of land lines. Most had a paging feature that allowed you to locate a missing handset, and the Zomm is pretty much that for a cell phone. Except if you notice in the picture, the Zomm is a keychain. What happens if you lose your keys?

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