Smart toothbrush senses quality of brushing

9 Jan 2014

A new smart toothbrush not only lets a user track on a smartphone how long and how well he or she is brushing their teeth, but enables that information to be shared with a dentist.

The Kolibree electric toothbrush has been demonstrated at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week.

The gadget comes with a mobile app compatible with iPhones and the Android operating system that syncs with the toothbrush via a Bluetooth wireless connection.

When the brush is in use, it sends information on how it’s being used to the smartphone. Users can then share that information with their dentist, friends, family, or anyone else they choose.

The toothbrush’s inventor, Thomas Serval, said the device can teach users how to brush thoroughly.

“It’s kind of like having a dentist actually watch your brushing on a day-to-day basis,” quoted Serval as having said.

The Kolibree smart toothbrush is to go on sale this summer, beginning in the US, and ranging in price from US$99-US$199, depending on features.

Toothbrushing image via Shutterstock

Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic