AIConnected Ara Electric Toothbrush Makes Oral Hygiene Fun

first_img What do you get the person who has everything—except good dental hygiene?The AI-powered Ara electric toothbrush claims to help keep your teeth on the nice list this holiday season.Following a successful crowdfunding campaign in 2014, smart oral care company Kolibree launched its first artificially intelligent toothbrush in January.Complete with 3D motion sensors, accelerometers, a gyroscope, and a magnetometer, the Bluetooth-enabled device knows precisely which areas of your mouth you are (and aren’t) brushing.My fancy electric toothbrush vibrates desperately every 30 seconds, advising me it’s time to move on to the next segment of teeth; after the recommended two minutes of cleaning, it gives a hearty buzz and I rinse.It doesn’t, however, email weekly reports highlighting how well I’ve taken care of my pearly whites.“The AI capabilities of Ara to gather and provide personalized data even when the user brushes ‘offline’ is what sets Ara apart from any other toothbrush on the market,” Kolibree founder and CEO Thomas Serval said in a statement.For the full experience, download Kolibree’s free companion app (for iOS or Android) and follow the prompts. You’ll be asked to brush your teeth “as if nobody is watching.”Nobody but the embedded AI system, which records your natural pattern and measures personal progress. The app automatically syncs with Ara to highlight missed spots and provide recommendations for improvement.See what you’ve missed (via Kolibree)“Adults are not going to stare at a mobile app every time they brush their teeth,” Kolibree founder and CEO Thomas Serval said in a statement. “At the same time, people want the data that shows if they are really brushing as well as they think they are.”Kids, on the other hand, can easily be tricked into better hygiene by cartoon characters.“The company has learned that children are motivated to brush their teeth, and have learned to brush better, when enticed by a mobile game,” like Kolibree’s in-app title Go Pirate.Snag your own AI-connected toothbrush, or gift one to a friend in need, for $129; Ara comes with one brush head and an induction charger. Stuff a pack of three additional heads into someone’s stocking for $19. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetcenter_img McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS last_img read more