Most parents of young children will tell you that it is hard to get your children to brush their teeth regularly and properly without some prodding, nagging and constant reminders. Luckily, there's an app for that.
Veteran video game executive Ethan Schur and inventor Dr. Yong-Jing Wang (a dentist) are tackling this issue with a new product called Grush: The Gaming Toothbrush for Kids. An Indiegogo crowd funding campaign recently launched for the device and game combo, in the hopes of raising $50,000 to continue developing the device and software. Currently it is in the prototype phase of development.
The Grush toothbrush works just like a regular toothbrush, but comes with a controller built in that is capable of tracking where the brush is physically located inside the mouth. The controller device interacts with an iOS or Android device that plays games specifically designed to interact with the Grush.
In addition to providing children motivation for brushing properly through the interactive minigames, the software also provides parents with a way to track how their children are brushing and if they are spending enough time doing it during every session.
Grush makers also plan on offering an API that allows other developers who want to make games for the device if they want to.
If this sounds like a good idea to you, you can check out the Grush Indiegogo project page. You can also check out the pitch video to your left. As of this writing Grush has raised about five percent of its funding goal.