Teeth cleaning goes digital: An Internet connected toothbrush

Things are getting connected to the Internet. In the last few years we have seen kitchen ware and appliances like fridges, ovens, microwaves, cabinets, heaters and many others get smart. Then the doors, the windows, the lights, the seats, and a others have joined the TVs, the Radios, and the cars to be connected online. Is it time for the Internet of Things to go several steps further?

A French-based startup Kolibree things that cleaning our teeth should no longer be analogue but should join a number of the already digitized things…instead of using the traditional toothbrush (the 3D printed toothbrush that can clean your teeth in six seconds is still analogue), you can instead buy a toothbrush with sensors that can know how effective and efficient you have done your cleaning.

The Kolibree toothbrush includes a sensor which detects how much tartar is being removed in a brushing. It also records brushing activity so users can maintain a consistent cleaning each time. reports AFP

Kolibree unveiled their Internet connected toothbrush on Sunday at a preview event for the Consumer Electronics Show.  The sensor in the toothbrush connects to a smarphone’s App which is able to tell whether you missed hard to clean areas and how much tarter you have removed during cleaning. The toothbrush plus the App will be very useful for parents with young kids who hardly know how to clean their teeth.

But nothing good comes cheap. The toothbrush is set to be released to the market in the third quarter this year but the cheapest will cost about shs 8,500 ($99) while the high end ones can go for more than double that price.

This is the digital year, let our teeth cleaning be digital with an Internet connected toothbrush.


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