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2011 Holiday Gift Guide: Zomm Bluetooth smartphone leash

Zomm Bluetooth wireless leash

We've spent some time with the Zomm "wireless leash" and have come away impressed by the simplicity of the device, as it's one of those things that make you wonder why a product like it hasn't been available until now. With that, we thought it would be a good inclusion in our 2011 Holiday Gift Guide. The Zomm can be attached to your keychain, and connects to your smartphone over Bluetooth. Once paired, it becomes your wireless alarm system for your phone. For example, if you walk away from your phone, Zomm will sound a notification alarm and start vibrating, letting you know that you've left your device more than 30 feet away. This way, you don't leave a restaurant without your phone, or spend forever looking for it because you left it in the car (or, that you are in your car driving and left your phone at home!) Cool enough, but it does more.

Zomm also has an integrated speaker and microphone, so it also acts as a hands-free calling device. If your phone rings, Zomm will ring as well, and you just press the Z button to take the call without having to fish around for your phone while driving. Zomm also has a built-in panic alarm. Hold down the Z button and the alarm will go off. Continue holding it, and the Zomm will use the Bluetooth connection to your phone to dial 911, and it will let you speak with the authorities right from the Zomm device. This is seriously a cool piece of technology that is a must-have for those people who constantly leave their smartphones behind in cabs and restaurants, or just anyone who wants an extra layer of security with them at all times. You can get a Zomm from Amazon for $76.

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2010 Holiday Gift Guide: Zomm wireless smartphone leash

Zomm Bluetooth wireless leash

We've spent some time with the Zomm "wireless leash" and have come away impressed by the simplicity of the device, as it's one of those things that make you wonder why a product like it hasn't been available until now. With that, we thought it would be a good inclusion in our 2010 Holiday Gift Guide. The Zomm can be attached to your keychain, and connects to your smartphone over Bluetooth. Once paired, it becomes your wireless alarm system for your phone. For example, if you walk away from your phone, Zomm will sound a notification alarm and start vibrating, letting you know that you've left your device more than 30 feet away. This way, you don't leave a restaurant without your phone, or spend forever looking for it because you left it in the car (or, that you are in your car driving and left your phone at home!) Cool enough, but it does more.

Zomm also has an integrated speaker and microphone, so it also acts as a hands-free calling device. If your phone rings, Zomm will ring as well, and you just press the Z button to take the call without having to fish around for your phone while driving. Zomm also has a built-in panic alarm. Hold down the Z button and the alarm will go off. Continue holding it, and the Zomm will use the Bluetooth connection to your phone to dial 911, and it will let you speak with the authorities right from the Zomm device. This is seriously a cool piece of technology that is a must-have for those people who constantly leave their smartphones behind in cabs and restaurants, or just anyone who wants an extra layer of security with them at all times. You can get a Zomm from Newegg for $79.99.

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Bleeding Edge TV 342: MPower Emergency Illuminator

We took some time to chat with MPower at , and they gave us a quick demo of their Emergency Illuminator flashlight device. Definitely unique, as it has two battery compartments - one for standard, and one for a super-long lasting battery. In addition, the flashlight sports a USB port, which you can use to charge, say, your mobile phone, in the event of an emergency.

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Fast Find Location Beacon

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: GPS, Misc. Tech, Transportation

Fast FindTravelers who tend towards the extreme may want to think about investing in the Fast Find, an emergency location beacon that connects to the 406 MHz Search and Rescue satellite system. When activated, the Personal Location Beacon sends a signal for help and will continue to transmit at 5W for the next 24 hours. The Fast Find is only 1.34 x 1.85 x 4.17-inches, weighs 5.3 oz., has a 5 year battery and is available in a standard 200 model or the 210, with GPS for faster locating.

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Keep Those Cell Phones Warm

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Cell Phones, Handhelds

Cell Phone WarmerWe don’t know where you are, but here we are in the negative numbers when it comes to outside temperature. Verizon has offered some helpful cell phone tips. The cold can run down your battery quicker, so recharge often. Because the display cover can actually become brittle, they suggest you keep it in an inside pocket so it will receive your body warmth (or get it a fuzzy cover.) Check your signal strength to determine where it is the strongest during a normal day. Finally, keep a list of emergency numbers in your address book such as police, fire, rescue agencies, and schools to check for closings.

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Thieves Alert Cops During Crime

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Cell Phones

911 SignIf you are up to no good, remember to put your cell phone on lock. Three men in Middleton, NY, were in the midst of stealing some tires when they accidentally turned themselves in. Andre Price, Fabian Corley and Xavier Jenkins were stripping the car when apparently one of them leaned on the car, inadvertently pushing 9 for several seconds. This resulted in a connection to 911 where the police heard then traced the call. All three were caught and will be arraigned soon.

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MedicalPhone iCEphone

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Cell Phones, GPS, Video Games

iCEphoneMedicalPhone recently debuted their iCEphone, so named because of a dedicated emergency button that sends the GPS location to emergency services. The cellie runs on Windows Mobile 6.0 Pro, and has a 3.1 megapixel cam with autofocus and LED flash. At a size of 5 x 2.4 x .9-inches, it has a QWERTY keyboard, 3-inch touchscreen and gaming keypad. Expect 5 hours of talk time and 3 days of standby. Targeted for the military and governmental use, look for it to formally come out in Q2 next year with a price of around $1,000.00.

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4-in-1 Emergency Tool/Flashlight

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Misc. Tech, Transportation

Tool FlashlightThis 4-in-1 Emergency Tool features 9 flashing LEDs to warn others of your peril, a glass break hammer, a white bulb flashlight on its top and a seatbelt cutter. Think of it as extreme mini-jaws of life. The device is waterproof and comes with 2 AA batteries. It attaches to any metal surface with the magnet on its bottom. The tool has a special holiday price of $18.95 with free shipping, less if you order in quantity.

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Interactive Talking First Aid Guide

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Household, Misc. Tech, Science

First Aid Guide

Don’t panic! The Interactive Talking First Aid Guide will get you through almost any emergency. Press a lighted key and the device will ask you a few yes/no questions, then give you calm step-by-step instructions in English or Spanish. There are 8 categories and 30 total interactive recordings. Carry the 3 1/2 x 7 x 1 1/2-inch, 11.5 oz. guide with you or mount it on a wall at home. The first aid assistant comes with 4 AA batteries and a $99.95 price.

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Survivor Comes in Handy for Emergencies

BodyGard SurvivorThe Swiss Tech people have come up with an indoor or outdoor BodyGard 12-in-1 Survivor which will generate power by winding a hand crank. Use it to re-charge your cell phone, MP3 player, emergency flashers, LED flashlight, sonic alarm, FM radio and a motion activated security alarm. The company claims that when fully charged, it will give 45 hours of flashlight usage, 2 hours of radio power, and 24 hours of emergency flashing. The Survivor also has a compass, signaling mirror, and built-in storage for matches and other small items. Get yours for $24.95.

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