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Toothbrushes for kids

An overwhelming amount of toothbrushes especially designed for kids are commercially available. The most significant difference between a child toothbrush and an adult toothbrush is that the toothbrush aimed for children has a shorter handle, a smaller brush head and softer brush straws. The toothbrushes come in many shapes and colors in an attempt to motivate children to brush.

Toothbrushes for kids from Oral-B

Musical timer
The Braun Oral-B Kids Power Toothbrush is an electrical toothbrush aimed for children. Toothbrushes in bright colors with pictures of cartoon characters are believed to make brushing more fun. Similarly to our iBrush, the Kids Power Toothbrush plays music. The child is rewarded with music after every minute of brushing. The goal is to make brushing a fun activity for children and to encourage children to brush their teeth longer.

The Oral-B Kids Power Toothbrush


One computer – one appliance

Is the iBrush a toothbrush or is it a computer? The answer is obvious, - it’s a toothbrush! But inside the toothbrush there is a microprocessor hidden. Though, the microprocessor is integrated in the toothbrush in such a way that it becomes invisible to the user, and its outputs become a natural exaggeration of the user’s everyday toothbrush usage. Buxton writes about his wishes for a new generation of computer aided artifacts far diverged from the design of today’s computers. He argues for appliance and divergence in the design of computational media where every artifact has an obvious and natural purpose. We believe that Buxton would like our iBrush!

Less is More (More or Less): Uncommon Sense and the Design of Computers

Seamless integration of technology
The term Ubiquitous Computing was invented by Mark Weiser at PARC. Ubiquitous Computing means seamless integration of computers into the world. In this way the user is able to perform computer aided tasks without having to think of them as computer aided tasks. Thus, the task itself gains more focus and the computational power seamlessly augment or aid the user performing it.

The Computer for the 21st Century