Brush your teeth with AI using the smart toothbrush Ara
By   |  January 09, 2017

The Tech company Kolibree sets out to show how AI influences oral care.

Kolibree, a tech company that seems to like birds and focused on connected solutions in oral health, choose the CES 2017 to launche Ara: the first toothbrush with embedded AI (artificial intelligence).

“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,” said Kolibree founder and CEO Thomas Serval. “Ara is Kolibree’s newest innovation for personalized healthcare, with an eye on disease prevention and wellness,” added Serval.

Thanks to its embedded AI, Ara knows precisely where in your mouth you are brushing, even when not connected to the app on a mobile device. Whether brushing on- or offline, brushing data (frequency, duration and brushed areas) is captured in the toothbrush and automatically synced via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE 4.0) when the app is open making it one of the most advanced smart toothbrush. In addition, Ara offers the benefits of an electric toothbrush with bristles and sonic vibrations gentle enough to effectively remove plaque without “overbrushing” that can cause gum recession.

Ara’s advanced “offline mode” is the result of a long and deep study on bushing habits. The tests took place over a three-year period with more than 10,000 people using the Kolibree toothbrush. The company has learned that children are motivated to brush their teeth, and have learned to brush better, when enticed by a mobile game, such as Kolibree’s Go Pirate, which is part of the Kolibree app. Adults, on the other hand, don’t always need to be as engaged with an app. Some days grown-ups are too busy or not in the mood to pull out a smartphone whenever it’s time to brush their teeth, and this is where Ara comes into play.

Developed for adults, Ara will be the subject of a large clinical study in spring 2017. Testing will take place in USA and Europe and aims to show how AI can change people’s daily behaviors and improve oral care.

Ara by Kolibree key features:

  • Proprietary AI technology in the toothbrush in addition to 3-D motion sensors, accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer
  • Offline data capture and analytics include date, time, duration and zones brushed.
  • Bluetooth 4.0 (Bluetooth Low Energy) for easy automatic connection and data sync
  • Kolibree Index on the mobile app (iOS and Android) displays your personal score based on cumulative online and offline brushing.
  • Weighing only 2.5 ounces (70 grams), and with a 2-week battery life, Ara by Kolibree travels easily.
  • Weekly e-mail report shows at a glance how well you’ve brushed over the last seven days.

The Connected toothbrush Ara by Kolibree, will be introduced next spring at USD $129. Pre-orders are accepted at kolibree.com for at a special price of $79 now through February 28, 2017.

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