Hummingbird, Smart Toothbrush
Your toothbrush is probably one of the most low tech items you own. Even if you have an electric toothbrush, its most complex electronics are the motor and timer. But the French company Kolibree aims to change that with the release of its bundled toothbrush. What can a smart toothbrush do? You might be surprised: it has cool features for the whole family when you pair it with your iPhone or Android.
Whether they admit it or not, many adults will also enjoy kid’s games, but there are other monitoring features aimed at older toothbrush users, such as the ability to track brushing times and areas and get dental health tips. You may be able to report this directly to your dentist in the future.
Kuaisou, Baidu Smart Chopsticks
Sounds like an April Fool’s joke — and it was one. Until people began to show great interest in this idea, and Baidu began to take it seriously.
The as yet unnamed product is still a prototype, but what we’ve learned so far is pretty interesting. Due to many food safety issues in China, these chopsticks will interact with the mobile app and let the user know if their food is safe or not. It appears that their primary function is to detect unhealthy oils used in cooking; Oil refining is often used in China to reduce cooking costs, but can pose serious health risks.
The app will show a warning if the oil is not safe to eat, or give the user a green light to continue if it is safe. There are also rumors that they measure temperature, pH, and calories (although it’s hard to imagine how they could accurately calculate calorie information).
Pricing and release details have yet to be released, but it’s safe to say that these will be the most expensive chopsticks you’ll ever consider.
The Magic Carpet of the University of Manchester
A team from the University of Manchester has developed a fiber optic substrate that can be installed on carpets in a home, turning the entire floor into a sensor. What does it do? According to Manchester’s website, «These signals can then be analyzed to show an image of the trail and detect gradual changes in walking behavior or a sudden incident such as a fall or trip. They may also show a steady deterioration or change in walking habits, possibly predicting a dramatic episode such as a fall.”