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Beam toothbrush reports your brushing habits to a smartphone via Bluetooth

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February 16, 2012

The Beam toothbrush is Bluetooth-enabled to track your dental hygiene using a smartphone

The Beam toothbrush is Bluetooth-enabled to track your dental hygiene using a smartphone

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From heart monitors to cooking thermometers, almost any piece of tech seems to be equipped with Bluetooth and an accompanying smartphone app these days. Now it looks like even the simplest of items can get their own high-tech upgrade, as evidenced by Beam Technologies' upcoming Bluetooth-enabled toothbrush. The Beam Brush will monitor a person's dental hygiene using sensors that sync with an app, which will then track that data and offer incentives to improve their brushing habits.

It may seem odd to equip something as simple as a toothbrush with Bluetooth features, but when the average person spends only 46 seconds out of the dentist-recommended two minutes brushing their teeth, a little technology might go a long way. Sensors in the Beam Brush are activated by contact with the mouth, which syncs with a timer in the app to time how long a user actually spends brushing their teeth. The app will also track this over a period of time, so people can share the results with their dentist and see if they need to improve their habits.

Sensors in the Beam Brush are activated by contact with the mouth, which syncs with a time...

Later versions of the app will detect how long a person scrubs different areas of their mouth as well, and play music while they brush. Beam Technologies is also planning to add some social elements and game-like achievements to reward users for their good dental habits. It should be a useful tool in particular for parents who want to make sure their children are brushing their teeth correctly.

The Beam toothbrush is Bluetooth-enabled to track your dental hygiene using a smartphone

The Beam Brush will hit store shelves in early March, with the base costing US$50 and replacement brush heads costing $3.

Source: Beam Brush via GIGAOM

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Jonathan Fincher Jonathan grew up in Norway, China, and Trinidad before graduating film school and becoming an online writer covering green technology, history and design, as well as contributing to video game news sites like Filefront and 1Up. He currently resides in Texas, where his passions include video games, comics, and boring people who don't want to talk about either of those things.   All articles by Jonathan Fincher
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3 Comments

Does the world really need this? Next, some idiot will claim this is a Green product because it is made of recyclable plastic. Think of all the energy and material that goes into this product.

Nantha
16th February, 2012 @ 04:11 pm PST

How idiotic!!

JoeB
17th February, 2012 @ 04:45 am PST

this is the most retarded thing i've read at gizmag in several months.

"It should be a useful tool in particular for parents who want to make sure their children are brushing their teeth correctly."

If your child is too retarded or too young to brush his own teeth, why does he have a "smartphone?"

and the design looks like crap... gizmag, give us something better to read!

ehatsman
20th February, 2012 @ 10:01 pm PST
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