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How to Get a Free Xbox

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The most popular item in the Zamzee Rewards shops is the Xbox 360 Console. Earn 21,000 Zamz and this sleek black beauty could be yours.

But new users often ask us, “Does anyone ever win an Xbox?”

Yes. Just this week, pburdette dropped 21,000 Zamz and we sent her an Xbox the very same day.

So how did she do it? We interviewed pburdette so you can learn her tricks and earn an Xbox yourself.

Zamzee: Hi pburdette. Congrats on winning the Xbox!

pburdette: Thanks! It feels great to have accomplished my goal.

Zamzee: No kidding! What are you planning to do with the Xbox? Do you have any favorite games?

pburdette: I am going to give the Xbox to my son and I am sure he will have a favorite game to play.

Zamzee: Wow, your son is super lucky to have a mom like you. Have you ever earned any small rewards on Zamzee, or have you saved all your Zamz for the Xbox?

pburdette: I saved ALL my Zamz for the Xbox because that’s what I really wanted. I’m not sure how long it took me to get enough Zamz, but I enjoy exercising so it didn’t seem like very long. Continue reading

The 10 Most Important Features of Zamzee

1. The Zamzee meter. Stick it in your pocket or clip it to your shoe, and your Zamzee meter will measure your movement throughout the entire day. Zamzee makes running around at recess twice as nice: you’ll have fun moving on the playground and your movement will be worth something when you get home and upload your Pointz to your computer.

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2. The Zamzee Upload Center. You’ll need to download the Zamzee Upload Center on your home computer so that you can transfer Pointz from your Zamzee meter to zamzee.com.

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Tips from Users: 7 Ways to be #1 on the Zamzee Leaderboard

So a little bird told us you want to be the leader of the Zamzee leaderboard. A worthy goal, young whippersnapper. But how do you earn enough Pointz to climb to the top? We’ve asked some of the top Zamzee users to share their tips and tricks about getting to be #1.

Let’s start with advice from JLeeBly. JLeeBly is #2 overall on the lifetime Zamzee leaderboards – impressive.

Tip #1: Upload Pointz Every Day

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JLeeBly says that “if someone is really looking to make it to the top, consistency is key. Make activity, and uploading, a daily habit.”

Have you discovered that you get bonus Pointz for uploading your Pointz every day, and every week? That’s what we call a consistency streak. The more days you upload in a row, the more bonus Pointz you’ll receive.

Tip #2: Compete with Friends and Siblings

JLeeBly uses Zamzee with a group of friends, which helps everyone to “push ourselves a little bit further than normal to be #1 for the day, the week, or overall.”

Before you can become #1 on the overall leaderboard, try just moving more than your little sister or best friend. You’ll earn mega bragging rights for being the top mover in your family, and you’ll be racking in the Pointz at the same time. Continue reading

Is Zamzee Safe for My Kids?

Last month the New York Times published new research revealing that many children’s apps fail to disclose their privacy policies to parents. As it turns out, only 20% of the most popular children’s apps accurately disclose their data collection practices. In light of this abysmal record on privacy, we want to take a moment to tell you about how we protect the privacy of the kids who use Zamzee.

First of all, you can always access our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use by clicking on the links at the bottom of each page at zamzee.com. We’ve tried to make them straightforward and easy to understand, even for kids who might be curious. You’ll always be alerted if we make any changes to these terms.

Secondly, it’s nice to put a human face on a company. Zamzee is created by a team of people who care about kids and their well-being. Here’s a picture of us. We have our own kids, nieces or nephews that we think about as we’re developing Zamzee. If you call our office line, you’ll probably get Amy on the phone. That’s her, right in the middle. Over on the far right is Lance, our CEO.

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5 Ways Zamzee Gets Your Kids off the Couch

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Does your son like videogames more than shooting hoops outside? And maybe your daughter would rather chat with friends than practice soccer. Or vice versa. That’s okay. Many kids don’t enjoy participating on competitive sports teams. But research shows that kids who are more physically active enjoy better social, emotional and physical health – whether or not they’re “on the team.”

Here are 5 ways Zamzee makes exercise fun for kids who don’t love sports.

1.  Zamzee lets kids earn rewards for moving. And any movement that gets your heart racing counts – dancing, skate boarding, playing tag with friends –  even if you’re not a star athlete or a jock. On zamzee.com kids get to pick rewards to work towards, like gift cards or popular toys. This incentive makes it easier for kids to overcome the initial hurdle to get their bodies moving. Receiving a package in the mail from Zamzee for accomplishing a movement goal is motivating and fun.

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How Many Zamzee Pointz Do I Get For Walking the Dog?

New users often ask us how many Pointz they get for different types of activity. That’s an easy question to answer. It doesn’t matter how you move. As long as you are in the ZamZone, you earn about 3 Pointz per minute. If you are in the Bonus Zone (like if you are beating your average), you earn about 8 Pointz per minute. If you move on a surprise Double Pointz Day – you guessed it – you get double the Pointz.

So the next logical question is, how much do I have to move to get into the ZamZone? You’re in the ZamZone whenever your activity spikes into the light blue area of your By Minute Activity Graph. We like to say that’s when your heart starts thumping. Dancing or playing tag is a great way to get into the ZamZone.

Here’s some examples of different types of activities that do (or don’t!) get into the ZamZone.

Taking the dog for a walk at 9 PM. Some Pointz!

Taking the dog for a walk at 9 PM. Some Pointz!

Playing tennis on a Saturday morning, 11:30 AM - 1 PM. Lots of Pointz!

Playing tennis on a Saturday morning, 11:30 AM – 1 PM. Lots of Pointz!

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What’s the Difference Between a Pedometer, an Accelerometer, and Zamzee?

Good question! A lot of people wonder what the difference is between a pedometer and an accelerometer. You might also be curious to know the difference between an accelerometer and Zamzee. Here’s what you need to know.

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What’s a pedometer?

Pedometers are a low-cost, basic device that measures how many steps you take. Pedometers have been around for a while, in fact, the technology was originally invented by Leonardo da Vinci! Signore da Vinci wanted a device that would more accurately measure distance so that he could make better maps. Hence, the birth of the pedometer. The pedometer hasn’t changed much since the Italian Renaissance. Folks today still use pedometers to count the number of steps they take.

So how does it work? Inside a pedometer is a tiny little mechanical arm that swings on one axis to detect a “step.” So when you move with the same force as a typical step, which scientists know is 1/3 G, that little arm swings once and counts one step. But because most of us don’t walk like robots, a pedometer needs to be very specifically oriented on your body in order to measure movement accurately. If you aren’t wearing your pedometer exactly on your hip in a straight upright position, don’t be surprised if your step-count is off by 30% or more. That’s why pedometers can be easily “tricked.”

What’s an accelerometer? Continue reading