Should my iPhone really speak to my toothbrush?

Probably one of the strangest releases I have seen in a while is the Oral-B 6000 with an app for your iPhone (or mobile device).  This comes with Bluetooth and a mobile application for my iPhone.  My first reaction was why on earth would I need this, this is ridiculous and taking it one step to far.

Rather than just brush it under the mat I decided to have a look at what on earth possessed someone to think this would be a good idea!

Obviously the Bluetooth is on the top of the range model which has all that you would expect from the market leaders in clean teeth.  We are not really here for that.  The question is what does the Bluetooth and app add to my daily brushing experience?

So the whole event of brushing becomes a scheduled and planned event. Well it’s a timer, that’s not very new.  Then the fun begins.  The brush will tell you if you are brushing too hard, it will also advise when to change quadrants so you spend only 30 seconds on each.  If you like you can customise your brushing experience if you have trouble areas.  Then it prompts you to clean your tongue and to floss. All good advice!

All of this information gets tracked and can be given to your dentist. One of the neat features I thought was that you get entertained while brushing with news weather and interesting quotes.  I could not find where to customise this – perhaps in the next version?  I would also like to see a battery indicator of the app for the brush.

As a bit of a gadget freak I must admit this seemed a little too far when I started. Now I am thinking it is a great way to make sure my daughter is keeping up with her brushing!

What do you think?  One step too far or a good idea?

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