Zamzee’s 2013 summer interns, Tom Bartlett and Jack Wiefels, go on a magical adventure where they learn how to use Zamzee, meet a “real” avatar, and encounter the all-knowing Zed. Find out how Zamzee works in this goofy and fun home video!
By Cameron Yick
My name is Cameron, and I’m a senior in high school. I consider myself an active individual, as I’ve tried many sports through the years (soccer, lacrosse, and even skating!). My motivation stems from genuine enjoyment of physical activity, and I’m always looking for ways to help other people find that joy as well. Last spring, I researched the various “gamification” and “fitness logger” devices, most of which appeared to be targeted at adults. Zamzee was the first solution that appeared to target children. I wondered whether it would be motivating to teenagers too. Here’s what I’ve learned after using a meter for the past few months.
1. Encourages physical activity
The benefits of increased physical activity cannot be overstated. Most people already know they need to move more, and yet have difficulty overcoming the inertia of being sedentary in school. Zamzee might be just the “kick” you need to start a new habit. Who doesn’t like getting recognition for their work (or play)?
I obtained a Zamzee meter at the same time a classmate who shared the meter with his sibling. He was blown away at her reaction the first evening with the meter. “It was like she ate a whole pack of Skittles candy!” She was running up and down the stairs with glee, re-plugging in the meter periodically to see how many points had been accumulated.
Although I don’t always plug the meter in daily, the meter stores data for up to a week so I can catch up on the weekends. However, the daily login bonuses give me incentive to plug in the meter every day during vacation periods. Continue reading
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
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.
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.
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
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