Kickstarter: Brush Monkey, Have You Brushed Correctly?
You can’t deny that surfing through the ranks of pages on Kickstarter could be considered as a time consuming, though very interesting, pastime. The cool new accessories that directly relate to iOS devices are awing – the newest to Kickstarter’s ever expanding lineup of quirky projects that have the potential to really take off is the Brush Monkey.
The visionary behind the Brush Monkey, Brian Krejcarek, has been focused on perfecting his wireless internet sensors to ultimately serve many intuitive features. This specific project consists of one of these sensors that goes hand in hand with a cute application that should appeal mostly to parents bent on teaching their kids how to properly brush their teeth.
Sliding onto the bottom end of almost any ordinary toothbrush, the sensor is essentially a hub that measures brushing patterns and forces using the built in accelerometer that’s covered with a thick layer of svelte silicone. This sensor will transmit signals to a router, which will then send input to the accompanying iPhone application. This is where the real fun, and incentive for littler kids, comes in. If whoever is brushing brushes correctly and for atleast 2 minutes, a cute, wonderfully drawn cartoon monkey will start to dance with joy, and the phone will buzz. The whole time that the brush is transmitting signals to your phone, the monkey will also reenact any brushing motions.
While this may seem like a great idea to execute, it’s also the gateway for a whole line of similar sensors that can perform simple tasks. According to Kickstarter:
“We’d like to offer all kinds of other sensors. For example, a sensor on the dog leash measures when you walk the dog. Who didn’t put the lid down on the toilet? We can make one for that too. Take your medicine? Play with toys? It’s about our actual behaviors and doing things together.”
The sensors can be built into little, easy to manufacturer, stickers that can be stuck to various things. For example, if stuck to the side of a medicine bottle, you can track if a child uses their medicine to possibly teach him or her responsibility: the accelerometer will measure the movement of the bottle. The same technique will be used for the other tasks.
For those that would want their own applications using the sensors’ technology, an API has already been released for that purpose. It, along with the option to purchase additional sensors for about $9, can be found over at GreenGoose. By pledging atleast $49, you can secure a Brush Monkey kit if/when it gets funded and production begins.