It doesn’t matter what year or what decade it is, it’s hard to make kids brush their teeth. As adults we all know why brushing your teeth is so important. It’s a tough sell to kids, no matter what the age. Thank goodness there’s technology that’s helping parents with this monstrous task.
A company called Kolibree has created the Magik Toothbrush the first toothbrush to incorporate augmented reality and an app to get kids to brush their teeth.
Created by a dentist and her team, Magik takes kids on a teeth brushing adventure. Kids see themselves on a smartphone or a tablet and they are surrounded by monsters. In order to get the monsters to go away they have to brush. The better they brush, and the more teeth they get, the monsters go away. The morning is saved after the kids brush their teeth.
Magik also trains kids for the proper ways to brush their teeth. Sensors in the toothbrush know if they are brushing the right way and if they are actually getting all of their teeth. Magik uses computer vision to estimate the position in the mouth as well as the movement the brusher is using. If they miss a spot, a monster pops up and they can brush that one away as well.
Parents can keep up with their childrens progress using Magik through the companion mobile app. The app will let parents know that their kids have brushed their teeth and how well they did it.
But as with all products like this, do kids like it?
Our 10 year old tech reporter Tatum, got a chance to talk with Holly Hasegawa DDS, MS, a dentist and one of the cofounders of Magik at CES 2018.
Check out the interview video above and for more information visit kolibree.com