At the ongoing CES 2017, the first ever AI-powered toothbrush has been introduced by Kolibree. The France-based company started developing smart toothbrushes that work with an accompanying smartphone app around three years ago.
According to a press release from Kolibree founder and CEO Thomas Serval, the toothbrush records your brushing habits:
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.
This new model can work even when it’s unconnected with the smartphone app. As you use the toothbrush, it instantly recognizes the area being brushed in your mouth and gathers information that includes durations, frequency and brushed areas. Once a connection is established with the accompanying app, the data is synced automatically through Bluetooth Low Energy.
Kolibree claims that the sonic vibrations and bristles of the electric toothbrush have a calming effect and will keep the mouth clean. It can last up to two weeks when fully charged. Users will receive recommendations on how to improve their brushing habits via email or directly on the app weekly.
Right now, the Ara is available for pre-order on the company’s official website at a price of $80 for a limited period of time. As soon as shipping starts on March 1st, it will cost $130. The smart toothbrush also arrives with mobile games that can help children develop healthy habits as they grow.
Information from the company reveals that Ara will be part of a clinical study later this year in the US and Europe with the aim of evaluating how AI influences oral care and daily behaviors of humans.