Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Turn your kid's teeth brushing into a game with psycho cartoon bunnies

When I had planned to have kids, I had planned to foster good dental hygiene by telling them that teeth grow constantly, and that theirs will eventually pierce their brain from inside their own heads unless they wear them down with daily brushing. Since the wife put a stop to that, now I'll probably just wait until I can buy some sort of overpriced, Bluetooth-enabled toothbrush that turns teeth brushing into a game experience using psychopathic cartoon rabbits. Oh, wait, that already exists.

This is the news that smart toothbrush makers Kolibree have teamed up with Ubisoft to create a new game to encourage teeth brushing based on the Rabbids franchise. If you haven't come across the Rabbids before, then all you need to know is that they're conceptually similar to the Minions. They're small, cute, and speak in a made up language that manages to be totally comprehensible without containing any actual words. Their catchphrase is BWAAAAH and they are reportedly known for their "fun-loving approach to life."

Kolibree's toothbrush (which we first saw all the way back in 2014) uses motion sensors in its handle to detect its position in your mouth. This allows it to function as a rough-and-ready game controller, with kids navigating their Rabbid avatar around an obstacle course on a game on their mobile by brushing different sections of their mouth. It actually sounds like a pretty good idea, if your kids hate brushing their teeth and love stupid and/or cute cartoons. Me? I'm going to stick with my future warnings about the dangers of dental hypertrophy. You can currently buy the Kolibree connected toothbrush and Rabbids game for $85.

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