Connected Toothbrush Keeps You Honest
CREDIT: Beam Technologies
Brushing teeth seems simple enough, but few people actually follow the guidelines set by dentists, such as doing it for a full two minutes, twice daily, as most people average less than a minute. To help with that, Beam Technologies came up with the Beam Brush, a toothbrush that links via Bluetooth to an app for Android and Apple smartphones.
It’s a manual toothbrush (no vibrating head) but it has a AA battery that powers the transmitter. It sends data to the app and times how long you brush your teeth. The app can store several people's data – say, you and the kids. It can track whether you brushed for two minutes each time, as well as add up the amount of time brushing over a month. It can also track whether you are getting closer to the two-minute mark over time. The app even plays music for an accompaniment to your dental hygiene routine by tapping your music library via the smartphone.
Future versions will likely be able to tell how long you spend in certain parts of your mouth, and perhaps, according to the company, upload all the brushing data to your dentist. But for now it's just a fun way to keep track.
The Beam Brush is scheduled for launch later this month and will sell for about $50.
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