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Kolibree unveils ‘smart’ connected toothbrush

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Kolibree Unveiled its connected electric toothbrush on Sunday at a preview event for the Consumer Electronics Show. The device from French-based startup aims “to reinvent oral care,” according to co-founder Loic Cessot.

The Kolibree toothbrush includes a sensor which detects how much tartar is being removed in a brushing. A free mobile app analyses your brushing habits so users can maintain a consistent cleaning each time. The app will monitor your brushing sessions, and make recommendations for boosting your dental care.

The device syncs the information wirelessly to a smartphone app automatically and scores your efforts based on things like: how long you’ve brushed and whether or not you’ve accessed the “hard-to-reach but important parts of your teeth and gums.” Kolibree allows you to share your brushing stats with your dentist and family, if you choose. It will be a useful aid for parents who want to monitor the teeth cleaning efforts of small children, according to Cessot.

The app, which is open for developers to add on other programs, aims to increase motivation and make the experience more fun, said Cessot. The brushing data will be available via an API to let third-party game designers develop new apps and enhance brushing time.

The Kolibree connected toothbrush will be available starting in the third quarter of 2014 but pre-orders start earlier this year. Orders will be available initially through Kickstarter and can be shipped worldwide. The price of Kolibree will range from US$99 to US$200 depending on the model and will include the free mobile app.

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