Everybody brushes their teeth. It’s just one of those things that ever self respecting person will do on a regular basis to maintain basic hygiene and be somewhat presentable on a daily basis but it’s never something you look forward to. You never say, “Oh yes, time to brush my teeth.” It’s a chore that has barely kept up with the times of technology thank to the invention of the battery. So yeah, not much innovation in the past few years other than fancy bristles. There’s a new Kickstarter program called Kolibree that wants to change all that through an app. Yeah, a toothbrush with an app, who thought would that actually happen?
Feedback Makes The Difference
How would a toothbrush app work to make you brush your teeth better? The Kolibree app uses internal sensors on the Kolibree app to record a surprisingly detailed amount of information that can be relayed to you through colorful and lighthearted charts and graphics. Through a Bluetooth connection, the app tracks time spent brushing and can even detect which zones need more attention. In other words, it makes sure you spend enough brushing while also making sure you’re not just brushing the same tooth for 5 minutes. It doesn’t limit your usage on your phone either, in fact, it wants to give you access to YouTube or Twitter so you can keep yourself distracted for long enough to finish your brushing. It saves all this data and can even send the data to your dentist so they can actively help and critique your brushing.
Another great way to keep people entertained while brushing is through games and the Kolibree app has some simple but engaging games that make you use the toothbrush as a gaming peripheral. At this stage, the games seem quite simple but they do the job of keeping you entertained for two minutes as you try to get through yet another brushing session. Honestly, I doubt we’ll see advanced toothbrushing games and it makes sense as it doesn’t need to be incredibly detailed to hold someone’s attention for 2 minutes, it just needs to be enjoyable enough to play every single day.
We Can All Have Better Teeth Thanks To Kolibree!
The Kolibree toothbrush is a brilliant idea that seeks to take an arduous part of everyone’s day and make it a proper part of the 21st century and information and games make up a great strategy that has worked for many other great ideas. Check it out on Kickstarter, they still need to reach their funding goal!