About this project
Why Does A Connected Toothbrush Matter?
Today, we brush our teeth without knowing how well we're brushing. Are we reaching all the zones in our mouth? Are we brushing long enough? While we might get feedback from our dentist during our once or twice a year visits, how do we know whether we’re brushing correctly the rest of the time?
Kolibree has combined the most advanced sensor technology to detect movements and provide a program to educate you to better brush your teeth - with fun games to keep adults and kids motivated.
The result? Important usage data means that you have the FEEDBACK to brush better, spending less money on expensive but avoidable dental procedures.
Kolibree in the press
"Not only does this give a user insight into how long they actually brush versus how long they should be brushing, it also allows oral hygiene to be turned into a game to encourage kids to stay on top of tending to their teeth" Gizmodo
"Unlike outlandish tracking gadgets such as the Hapifork, the Kolibree wouldn't look out of place in any home. You wouldn't know it was anything other than a regular electric toothbrush just by looking at it." The Verge
"Kolibree should be quite easeful for parents who want to instaure positive habits for their children" DentistryIQ
"You'll have no excuse but be gingivitis free at your next dentist appointment, thanks to the world's first connected toothbrush that keeps daily tabs on your brushing habits" Mashable
"But by using a strong visual app, this is an implementation of the idea that could well gel with health-conscious users, particularly those now familiar with devices like the Nike Fuelband or Fitbit for exercise tracking." Wired UK
“If you're tired of nagging your kids (or another member of your household) to brush their teeth, you have a new ally.” CNN
“The days of kids telling you they brushed their teeth for the full two minutes may become a thing of the past thanks to the Kolibree Toothbrush.” Moms Popsugar
“With this kind of engagement between patient and practician, one could easily imagine Kolibree going beyond tooth brushing, evolving a doctor’s role from that of an engineer (picking at your teeth, taking X-Ray pictures, etc.) to the job they are trained to do – make sense of the data.” Rudebaguette
"So far Kolibree has all the makings of a success." Berkeley SG
What is Kolibree?
Kolibree is a new electric and intelligent toothbrush designed for everyone that will change the way you take care of your teeth. Applications and games empower you to take control of your oral hygiene and keep you motivated.
Our vision is to bring to market a new solution that completely re–invents your dental hygiene routine by providing FEEDBACK, that empowers you to take better care of yourself. Thanks to its sensors, the Kolibree toothbrush can monitor brushing habits on smartphones and, similar to the wiimote, the mobile app allows you to interact with games which is particularly motivating for kids !
You get it now! – Today's smartphones and tablets are more advanced than ever before in history. There are some really creative developers out there, including developers here on Kickstarter!
With Kolibree, DEVELOPERS can become part of the adventure by creating applications that analyze the data transferred via Bluetooth to make brushing time both fun and more compelling . We believe that when people are better informed, they are empowered to make decisions which optimize and improve behavior day after day for their dental well-being and overall health.
We're here on Kickstarter to raise money to build development kits and launch production tooling. The funds will go towards development and distribution costs so we can get the toothbrush into the hands of developers and consumers more cost efficiently and faster than traditional methods.
A Toothbrush Designed for Everyone
The Kolibree toothbrush is connected by Bluetooth to your iOS and Android smartphone and/or tablet. Data sent from the toothbrush’s integrated SENSORS is analyzed by the application to give you feedback on the way you brush your teeth.
The look and feel of the toothbrush have been a key part of the project for our team. Compared to other electric toothbrushes, which are often big and clunky, the Kolibree toothbrush is elegant, light and designed to easily fit both adult and kids’ hands.
The design goes beyond aesthetics, we have thought about every part of the brush to make sure it provides the best care and experience. Not only is sonic technology quieter, but it’s gentler on your gums, making it a safer solution for both kids and seniors as well.
The Kolibree toothbrushes will come in four different colors
Changing The Way We Brush, One Challenge at a Time:
We literally started from scratch with only our passion to power the creation of a disruptive toothbrush, one that completely transforms the way we have been brushing our teeth. We quickly understood we had to tackle things from a totally different angle: not just re-engineering an already existing electric toothbrush but re-thinking the entire experience from the ground-up. The result was the development of a breakthrough connected hardware device using Bluetooth and advanced sensors.
Step by step, through testing and ongoing improvements, we have come up with an elegant and smooth design, identified the best electronic components and correctly implanted the bristles to offer the utmost comfort in your mouth.
By supporting Kolibree, you will become an important part of building revolutionary products and be among the first to get access to data about your brushing habits and understand how you can IMPROVE your oral care!
The Digital Side of Our Project
Our first family-friendly app will change the way you think about brushing teeth. We will be supporting multiple users on one profile, so you can have the entire family’s brushing habits on one smartphone.
The application allows for a real-time experience with data sent directly to your smartphone. You will know whether you've brushed for long enough after 2 minutes of music or a song and can also access your Twitter account while you brush, or if you prefer, watch a video.
In the mornings, we are often in a rush. Our application allows you to view daily & weekly reports at your leisure. These simple reports contain data about how to better clean your teeth and educate you on the best way to cover all the zones of your mouth, giving a brushing indicator of your performance.
Dental professionals all around the world are excited about the difference our application can bring to your oral care. You will be able to choose to share your reports with your dentist so he/she may recommend improvements and downloadable brushing programs, ensuring a smoother visit the next time around!
Games motivate kids, so we are building in games to keep kids engaged, encouraging them to brush for longer. While this is a huge win for kids, it’s also a huge win for parents, who can now see whether their kids are not only brushing long enough from their mobile phone in the other room, but whether they’re brushing correctly and following the recommended educational program – or not.
Our First Gaming App Projects:
Join the Development and Become Part of our Adventure
We wouldn’t have made it this far without our community of dentists, early adopters, and researchers and that’s the reason why we want our project to have open APIs.
We want to make this toothbrush available to all developers and particularly the game developers' community, so they can be part of the process and our adventure. Through creative and fun-filled third party apps, they can help us re-invent the tedious activity of brushing our teeth, an industry which has never seen this level of innovation.
Future applications will include games, music and video experiences, well-being apps, programs for dentists’ interactions, recommendations and more. The possibilities of re-inventing the brushing experience are literally endless! We have created the necessary DRIVERS and a SPECIFIED API for application development that gives developers access to the data sent from the sensors inside the toothbrush.
We plan for our company to grow with scientists, dentists, engineers and developers on board. Our goal is to offer a platform for all to conduct research and develop applications in partnership with Kolibree. To access Kolibree’s brushing statistics from your app and explore our usage we provide a RESTful API, which we have already implemented on several frameworks, such as Android, iOS and Django.
In our vision, it is you, our community, that has the leading role to play. Your participation is essential to making the Kolibree software as great as it can be and help revolutionize dental care!
The Kolibree Team Behind It
Kolibree is developed by a team of electronic industry veterans and young engineers who are passionate about how connectivity can improve our lives. We’ve tackled projects with similar Bluetooth technologies in the past and we’ve designed and manufactured consumer hardware for 15 years. We’ve also developed well-adopted applications and software for the web and the radio industry as well. Kolibree is now our new challenge !
We Need Your Help !
Over the past year, we've come a very long way in the development of the Kolibree toothbrush. The electronic and mechanical aspects are well advanced, with our first V1 prototype shown at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January 2014.
Now our second prototype has been optimized and is up and running. But our start up is young and our team is competing against market giants with over 200 years of experience and retail capabilities we cannot afford.
We want to compete against these massive companies by providing open innovation and breakthrough technology available to everyone.
With our 15+ years of experience in connected devices and solutions, we can develop even more robust tools and technical solutions since it’s our core strength.
With your help, we will:
- Convert our prototype into production-ready models with the right tooling
- Land all the necessary approvals (CE, UL, FCC so we can ship our products worldwide with all the health and safety guarantees for customers)
- Deliver developer and research kits (for early developers, dentists & researchers so we can leverage scientific feedback)
- Develop and release our own gaming applications to make the brushing experience even more motivating
- Fund the development APIs across Android, iOS platforms
Dates And Objectives for Production
Join Us in the Movement to Raise our Hygiene to its Highest Level!
Risks and challenges
We are innovators of these tracking technologies for toothbrushes. Our team has produced and tested prototypes of the Kolibree and we have started designing the first mobile application dedicated to oral care. We have been working with our manufacturing partners to mitigate the risks in volume production and make sure we will execute our operational planning. We have provided the Kickstarter community with a conservative estimate of when delivery of the Kolibree toothbrush and its first app can be delivered, to avoid disappointment.
Nevertheless, unexpected challenges may present themselves as we seek health and safety certification approvals and finalize manufacturing. We are committed to keeping you informed of our progress in the following months after the campaign. In the event that unexpected issues arise in the delivery schedule, we will do our best to minimize the impact on our early adopters and fully dedicate ourselves to providing you with new awesome tools reinventing day after day the way you take care of your teeth and experience dental education.
Kolibree does not proclaim to solve periodontal disease or suggest it can keep cavities or gingivitis at bay, However the better you take care of your teeth, the more likely you can and will avoid serious problems. Before Kolibree, there hasn’t been an easy and quick way to monitor whether you’re doing an A job or a C one when you
brush. Kolibree simply provides a feedback mechanism so you can learn how and where you’re brushing to empower you to improve your brushing habits.
Yes, Android and iOS applications will be provided. They'll obviously be free.
You can use your toothbrush without connecting it to your smartphone. Your brushing will still be monitored and recorded. Every time you connect your toothbrush to your phone, your brushing habits will be uploaded to your smartphone for easy access and viewing on a mobile dashboard.
While it is possible for you to change the toothbrush head for others to use, we don't recommend you share your toothbrush with other people as the toothbrush will be recording your brushing habits. To get around this problem, it is possible to disconnect your toothbrush profile to avoid recording the wrong information.
Yes! The app is designed to be family friendly. With one account, you can add several users and collect data from several different toothbrushes. If you are a parent, you can create an account with your profile and sync your toothbrush as well as data from your children's toothbrushes. You'll need to remember to connect each new toothbrush to your profile however so the data is synced and downloaded correctly.
Yes, you can collect data from several toothbrushes at the same time. For example, if you have two toothbrushes - one at home and the other for travel - you only need to add them to your profile once. Once connected, data from both toothbrushes will be collected and stored in your profile.
Yes. The Kolibree toothbrush is designed to work to a depth of 1 meter for up to half an hour without damage. Why you would choose to brush your teeth while underwater is a mystery to us, but we applaud your persistence.
Many dentists advise users to change the toothbrush head of an electric toothbrush at least every 3-4 months, and some suggest as often as every 6 weeks! We suggest you replace your toothbrush head as soon as you notice the bristles are not as rigid anymore since you want the brush head to be in great shape in order to brush your teeth correctly. Your new connected toothbrush is pretty smart however and future versions will advise you when you should change it.
The toothbrush has a non-replaceable battery. When it eventually dies, you'll need to change your toothbrush. We strongly advise you not to attempt to replace the battery yourself since it is not designed to be taken apart! That said, the battery has a lifespan of about four years so it lasts for quite a while.
We are currently working on e-commerce through our own website and the U.S. and European retail market through select retailers. Kolibree products will be available starting in Q4 2014 in a number of major cities. We'll update you as soon as we can on where you can buy your first Kolibree toothbrush. We recommend subscribing to our newsletter at www.kolibree.com to hear the latest news as soon as it is available.
The price of the Kolibree toothbrush will be between US$149 and $199 depending on the different versions - and we plan to charge a fixed shipping fee, depending on where you live. If you reside within the European Union, we have to add an additional 20% VAT. For countries outside of the EU, other charges such as import duties or local sales taxes may apply. To find out more information, we recommend you contact your local customs office since additional fees by country are beyond our control.
Pre-ordered products are refundable until the day of shipping. If your toothbrush has already been shipped, there is a 10 day return policy. Please, contact us at email@example.com or on our website support page with your payment information and receipt number and we will refund your purchase within ten days.
We do! We want to make Kolibree available all around the world. However, in order to receive your reward outside the US, your pledge will increase by $15 for shipping.
Yes. Unfortunately, we ask that all our international backers include the additional shipping and handling cost. Sorry for the inconvenience!
Yes! From Kickstarter Support: Visit the project page and click “Manage Your Pledge.” Enter a new amount in the pledge amount box. Note that you are not adding to your existing pledge; the amount you enter will be the total amount collected if the project is successfully funded."
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