Brush Monkey is not a smart toothbrush per se; instead, it’s a small wireless sensor that attaches to regular toothbrushes to turn them into their smart equivalents.
The little silicone covered device, which is in the midst of a crowdfunding campaign at Kickstarter, is made to slide on to the bottom of any ordinary toothbrush. The built-in wireless circuit along with an accelerometer can measure special patterns of forces when users brush their teeth.
Brush Monkey is mainly targeting kids and families, with the idea to get people to want to brush their teeth.Brush Monkey is mainly targeting kids and families, with the idea to get people to want to brush their teeth, “because it’s simply a lot of fun.” As kids start to brush, the accompanying mobile app makes mom and/or dad’s phone start buzzing and making monkey noises. After two minutes, it makes a monkey go crazy fun.
An API is already released, enabling third-party developers to chip-in and create their own apps for Brush Monkey.
The company behind the product had received a little head-start with some angel funding, but it turned to Kickstarter to get to the next step, beyond a prototype.