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The smart brush with more teeth

Posted in New Technologies, Sensor networks and devices by Manas Ganguly on January 12, 2014

The vision of the technology future is DISC – Digitization, Internet, Sensors and Cognition. Ergo, it is hardly a surprise that a French start up takes the sensor up close and personal – into the mouth of the user – thru the first internet connected brush called Kolibree that was was displayed at CES in Las Vegas. The idea is that with better metrics on the quality of your brushing, users will be able to keep your teeth healthier.

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As Kolibree founder Loic Cessot puts it, the brush is designed to “outsmart your dentist,” and is outfitted with an array of sensors that track the areas of your mouth that you’re hitting. It’ll measure how long the brushing lasted, how rigorous it was, what teeth you’re cleaning well, and the areas that need a little bit more attention. It’s even got some nifty gamification features that challenge you to do a better job next time you brush, and Kolibree has even developed an API in hopes that third-party developers will devise additional apps that will encourage users to brush more often and more effectively.

To use it, users need to simply download the Kolibree mobile app on their smartphones and sync it with the brush via Bluetooth. After that, every time one brushes, the brush will log data from your session. Post the brushing, one can just pop open the app and it’ll display all the data in a simple visual format. The app can even record data from multiple brushes, for parents to monitor the brushing habits of juniors. Kolibree is planning to release several different models of the toothbrush, ranging in price from $100 to $200, in the third quarter of 2014

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