CES 2018: Colgate Debuts Apple Exclusive Smart Electronic Toothbrush With ResearchKit Integration

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    Colgate this week announced the launch of its first app-enabled electronic toothbrush, called the Colgate Smart Electronic Toothbrush E1 with Artificial Intelligence. Available exclusively beginning today on Apple.com and in some Apple retail locations, Colgate's new product provides a few pieces of real-time feedback to help users improve their brushing routine.

    The electronic toothbrush also uses Apple's ResearchKit in order to crowdsource toothbrushing data and "get even smarter about oral care for better and faster future innovation." ResearchKit is a software framework created by Apple that lets medical researchers gather data from compatible apps and programs, working in conjunction sometimes with CareKit to provide users with a better understanding of their specific medical conditions.

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    Otherwise, Colgate's electronic toothbrush performs functions similar to previous devices from Philips, providing users with real-time feedback through an iPhone app as a way to improve brushing habits. The toothbrush includes various sensors, 3D motion sensors, and AI algorithms to detect brushing effectiveness "in 16 zones of the mouth."

    The device's AI technology was created in partnership with Kolibree, and the connected app coaches users through brushing sessions that point out sections of the mouth where they might need to focus on more during their daily routines. The more the toothbrush is used, the more the AI learns and will adapt to each user, adjusting to their own habits and providing improved brushing tips.

    Colgate is launching the Smart Electronic Toothbrush today in the United States on Apple.com and in select Apple stores, and will run for a price of $99.95.

    Article Link: CES 2018: Colgate Debuts Apple Exclusive Smart Electronic Toothbrush With ResearchKit Integration
     
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    Interesting. About the same price range as a sonicare.
     
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    The ResearchKit integration is about the only interesting part of this. Everything else, just kind of blah.
     
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    Why the everloving **** does anyone need a "smart" toothbrush with AI? Who needs an app connected toothbrush??? Just use the 3$ plastic stick with bristles and stop making everything "smart" and "connected".
     
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    The only thing good I can say is that at least its charged by a non-metal/waterproof contact device?
     
  8. AmazingRobie macrumors regular

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    For those that dont understand yet, you need to stay far away from all of these electric "smart" gadgets so manufacturers get the picture and stop making them. Theyre trying to put electronics in everthing to get you used to the idea of everything having electronics crammed init. Transhumanist Kurzweil agenda.
     
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    If you fall asleep without brushing you will get a call from the bathroom, from the brush, saying come in here now! Same if you leave the house and forget in the morning. It will wait until you get in the turn lane that takes forever so its harder to turn around but it will still call to remind you. With Healthkit it might be added to a study so a dentist across the country is the one watching and calling you for reminders.
     
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    "There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image, make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity. For the next hour sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear...."
     
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    They could have charged $199.99 if they made a space gray version... (lol)
     
  13. H3LL5P4WN macrumors 65816

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    I bet you have a perfect grill, with your $3 plastic bristle stick.

    To be fair, my initial reaction was the same. But since it is purported to tell me what I can do to brush better, I welcome this particular bit of "frivolous" tech.
     
  14. OldSchoolMacGuy macrumors 68040

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    If it can help you brush better and avoid painful and expensive dental costs, I don't see an issue.

    Remember that dental health is closely linked to general health. Having a healthy mouth is also directly linked to longevity. Those with poor dental hygiene generally die earlier and experience more health problems.

    You honestly believe it's stupid to invest in something that could help you live a longer, healthier life?
     
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    Plastic stick with bristles has worked fine for my entire 20+ years of existence. People have had healthy oral hygiene long before we started cramming technology into a simple mouth scrubber.
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    Yeah my teeth are fine thanks. People have had and will continue to have good oral hygiene without 100$ toothbrushes full of computers.
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    Not to sound conspiracy theorist, but does nobody else have issue with every device these days being "smart" and monitoring, analyzing, and storing every metric of every aspect of your life?
     
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    If you claim to have 100% perfect oral health and have never suffered a single cavity or any other issue, keep doing what you're doing.

    Surely you recognize that there are plenty out there who can't claim that. If $99 helps them to avoid a cavity or have better oral health, leading to a better life and smaller dental bills, why would you judge them? It may even mean reduced claims on dental insurance which could lead to lower premiums for all of us.
     
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    Its just not worth the inconvenience of having a stupid smartphone app. Pairing devices with smartphones over any form of wireless means that at some point the whole thing is going to encounter a glitch.

    Honestly if people can't brush their teeth properly without computer assistance, I question how they can possibly operate a computer assisted toothbrush in the first place.

    "Smart" integrated devices are a fad. They'll keep making increasingly stupid devices with "smart" technology that offer nothing over their dumb counterparts until people get bored of the novelty and stop buying them.
     
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    Hope this comes with Tooth ID - I wouldn’t want random people picking up my toothbrush and using it.
     
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    Dude, it is not just you, and I'm frankly surprised by the people that go against you on this. This idea that we have to cram technology into everything is a bit silly. And I think this is one of those products that takes that concept a few steps too far. I mean, seriously, in all seriousness... we've been operating just fine as a society using "dumb" toothbrushes, and there's a lot of people out there that have kept their mouth in great condition, despite the lack of a smartphone connected toothbrushes. It's absolutely ridiculous. It's ridiculous to think that this toothbrush is going to solve all your oral problems (I know no one said that specifically, but we're starting down that path with the these arguments that somehow you can't get a well kept mouth without this thing) just because it's connected to a smartphone.

    I don't know, maybe someone will claim it'll help you identify zones of the mouth you're not targeting, or some junk like that. Frankly though, I find that to be a poor argument. Generally speaking, if you're concerned, I think you can improve your teeth brushing habits without the aid of a connected toothbrush. There's nothing magical with it, it isn't taking 3d scans of your mouth, and pinpointing germs that you're overlooking. It's just a stick full of sensors you could just as easily fool by waving the brush around, pretending you're brushing.
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    I'm sure they can operate it, it's just... the sort of people that get overly excited about stuff like this have poor habits to start with, so they see things like this as the magical solution to their problems. It's connected! It's going to help them brush, and brush proper...! Ohh because that was impossible beforehand.

    The only purpose of this product is to reach into people's wallets and take their money. And making something connected, having an app, is like the express way to people's wallets.

    A tooth brush, 3 bucks. It'll brush your teeth, get the job done. You can get an electric one for sub 20. Customer: "eehhhh, I don't know"
    I have one that'll connect to your phone, and it's a 100 bucks! Customer: "SOLD!!@!!!!!!!!!"
     
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    I definitely think my old sonicare Philips toothbrush back in the day helped me get to where I am. I haven't had a cavity or problem with my teeth for 15+ years now. It was a novel idea to put timers - knowing how long to do each part before moving on has helped keep me from getting cavities.

    Now, though, I use a cheap Oral-B electronic brush($40?) and find it good enough. Now that I know how long to brush, I often times will just use a plain $3 brush and find it does almost as good as the Oral-B.

    $99 is kinda expensive ... but it would be cool to have an app telling me where to brush more but I don't think I need it. Interested in replacement heads cost - some of those can really hurt the wallet.
     
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    This is a lot of complaining over a toothbrush. If you think it’s stupid or not useful then don’t buy it. If you like it or think it will help you in someway then do buy it. No reason for people to argue about it.
     
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    Next will be a$$ wipe that tells you you still have Klingons in your crack

     
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    Honest question: Why wouldn't somebody that was particularly interested in this type of technology not take advantage of it? So you don't find interest, doesn't mean somebody else will. I'm not necessarily advocating this product, more or less, provoking thought others have different appreciations for something new In technology versus traditional. Unsure why you seem so disgruntled about that.

    So technology should stop innovating because you said so? Or just because you don't approve of it altogether?
     
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    They actually exist. A colleague of mine wrote about them in my previous job.
     

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