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Kolibree, A Toothbrush With 3D Motion Sensing

3D Motion Sensing

Kolibree is the world’s first electric toothbrush with 3D motion sensing, which has led to an innovation to get the kids to brush, brush, brush and keep their pearly whites clean and healthy.  For as long as I can remember, getting kids into the habit of brushing their teeth has been a monumental challenge. If my wife and I are not on top of our daughter, she would gladly “forget” to brush her teeth. Kolibree has turned brushing into an interactive, fun and educational experience that kids appear to love.

Imagine getting real-time feedback as your kids brush and being able to follow their brushing routine over time.  With interchangeable brushes, Kolibree can be shared with the whole family.  It’s slender enough to fit in small hands and includes Sonic vibration technology.

Where this gets interesting is that the toothbrush provides real-time feedback via Bluetooth to your iPhone or iPad. “Go! Pirate”, a game that motivates children to brush for two minutes, twice a day. The toothbrush basically acts as a game controller where they guide a little pirate along a pontoon while brushing their teeth.  When they brush their teeth for the right amount of time in each zone, they collect coins or game currency which accumulates as treasure.

3D Motion Sensing

Kolibree Coach is an app with an activity that records your child’s brushing movements and situates the toothbrush in the mouth during brushing in order to tell users if they have brushed the right zones, for the correct amount of time and with the right movements. Brushing truly becomes efficient thanks to a toothbrush that sends information in real time to its user.

The company also provides a web service platform that gives access to an overview of the user’s brushing data. Users can follow their brushing regime over time and see over

brushed and neglected zones, compare statistics with other family members, order new brush heads, and get reminders of dentist appointments. One account supports multiple profiles.

The Kolibree Toothbrush costs $149 and includes 1 toothbrush, 1 brush head and 1 charger. The apps are free and are available for both iOS and Android smartphones and tablets.  There are also open APIs for the developer community to encourage the creation of educational applications.

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Carmine Delligatti-Drummer, former Support Manager for Deneba Software, ACD Systems, Mareware, Inc. and Swiss Made Marketing. Avid technology blogger and Managing Editor of