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5 September, 2006

iTeeth, brushing can be fun

Brushing your teeth is boring? Scientists have a way to make brushing somehow energetic. News from Courier Mail.

It is called Tooth Tunes, although I think the nickname “iTeeth” is more interesting. Tooth Tunes will play for two minutes, the time dentists recommended.

A single piece of music is stored in a microchip in the brush's handle. When a button is pushed, it plays on a minicomputer and is transported along the bristles, through the teeth and jawbone and into the ear.

And the music? They are negotiating with the Black Eyed Peas and Will Smith.

Listen to your iTeeth (Glen Owen, Courier Mail, September 04, 2006)

SCIENTISTS have invented a toothbrush that lets you listen to pop songs while you scrub away – by transmitting the soundwaves through your teeth and jawbone to your ear.

The device, called Tooth Tunes, plays for exactly two minutes – the amount of time dentists recommend should be devoted to brushing every morning and night.
It is initially being targeted at children, but could also be marketed to the so-called iPod generation of adults.

American maker Hasbro claims that Tooth Tunes will "single-handedly change children's attitudes to brushing".

A single piece of music is stored in a microchip in the brush's handle. When a button is pushed, it plays on a minicomputer and is transported along the bristles, through the teeth and jawbone and into the ear.

While the user hears "a cross between the sound of music coming out of a stereo and the sound of humming to oneself, onlookers are aware only of a buzzing noise similar to an electric toothbrush".

Replacement chips with different songs will be available, and Hasbro is negotiating with artists including the Black Eyed Peas and Will Smith.

The firm spent six years trying out its new technology in lollipops, pens, spoons and forks before deciding to launch it in toothbrushes.

Andrew Filo, one of the inventors, said: The human jaw is a great conductor of sound. As a child I used to close my ears and wonder how I could hear myself hum.

The Department of Health says that the number of under-fives having rotten teeth removed has soared by 20 per cent in recent years, with many having all 20 milk teeth removed.

Posted by Antony on 5 September 2006 10:08 AM | iPod

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