If you’re a dentist, you’ll probably get to keep your day job. Ara, from Kolibree, a French oral care company with offices in France and the United States, connects with an app on your smartphone to transmit data about your brushing habits. It will know exactly how you brush and whether or not it’s good enough to keep dental problems at bay.
Ara not only teaches you to brush better, but also helps it its own way by emitting sonic vibrations that can remove plaque without you having to “overbrush” and cause gum recession – a precursor to many dental issues.
So, how does it work? Here’s what Kolibree CEO Thomas Serval has to say:
“Patented deep learning algorithms are embedded directly inside the toothbrush on a low-power processor. Raw data from the sensors runs through the processor, enabling the system to learn your habits and refine accuracy the more it’s used. Ara is Kolibree’s newest innovation for personalized healthcare, with an eye on disease prevention and wellness.”
The sensors collect the data and store it natively in the toothbrush, so even if you’re offline, the information is stored and then synched with your smartphone app once you’re online again. The sync uses Bluetooth Low Energy 4.0 standards.
The Kolibree toothbrush has already been tested by 10,000 people over a three-year period, based on which information the company was able to create the new Ara product. It will be the subject of a large-scale clinical study in the United States and Europe as part of an effort to discover how artificial intelligence can influence people to change basic behavior patterns and improve overall oral health.
The new Ara has a lot of the sensors that your smartphone does, such as 3-D motion sensors, accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer. It weighs in at 2.5 ounces (70 grams) and has a battery life of around two weeks. The iOS and Android mobile apps will show you a Kolibree Index highlighting your cumulative score by combining offline and online data. You also get a weekly report emailed to you with your brushing stats for the last seven days.
Ara also aims to keep kids engaged and learning, and features Kolibree’s Go Pirate game within the app.
Ara by Kolibree is currently available for pre-order at $79 through February 2017, after which it goes up to an “introductory price” of $129.
You can place your orders on the Kolibree website: Click Here
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