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Spatial Imaging Song Teaching Toothbrush

A toothbrush that builds your personal song to enable you to comprehend your interior mouth space
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[should be in Toothbrush, which doesn't exist]

We humans are quite primarily visual, and a lot of how we perceive and understand the spatial world is through visual modelling. We see stuff out there, helped by binocular vision, rendered on a plane (no snakes), and then we build some kind of totally unrelated model inside our head, of that perception of sensory impingement. It helps us work our way through the world. Bumping into things, falling down holes or getting eaten obviously evolutionarily proved to only be funny a few times, so senses occurred.

However, there are parts of our life, some quite familiar parts, that are non visual but are nevertheless spatially modelled in similar ways. The visual side-effects or artefacts are synthesised so that we've got something to imagine we've seen. One case in point is the interior space of our mouth, and particularly, the precise arrangement and structural configuration of our teeth. Yes, we can always look in the mirror, but when we are cleaning our teeth we're not really looking but rather using a modification of proprioception to build a dynamic sensory imaging of what's going on in the mouth in relation to the various teeth, from various angles, in their various conditions and situations, and the effect of the toothbrush in its various orientations and actions.

The electric toothbrush is a relatively new concept. Many modern electric toothbrushes dictate a sequence of Nazi-like directive orders that must be obeyed otherwise your teeth will decay and fall out, in the form of specific fixed time durations to march in time to. My idea is to have an electronic toothbrush that - for the brush part at least - is just as randomly clueless as any other toothbrush design, in that none of the toothbrush manufacturers has the slightest clue which configurations or arrangements work better than any other, so they're all trying random nonsensical shapes and designs to see which one sticks. However, instead of the totalitarian temporal sequencing parade drill, I suggest that each person's interior cavernous areas are unique. Even over time, your mouth changes, your teeth change, each tooth changes, and the way you brush changes according to the condition and ludicrously batshit random shape of your toothbrush at this moment.

My idea is to have the toothbrush use machine learning, and the opposite, machine teaching (or is the opposite machine forgetting?). This toothbrush would, upon incept, try to map out your teeth from a structural, spatial and motion approach, not a visual one, and while it is learning about the topology and particular characteristics and attributes of each tooth, and the whole arrangement, it builds a bit of a rhythm, and perhaps identifies areas that correspond to a riff, or two. Maybe a melody arises that fits a specific grouping of topology that would be beneficial if the cleaning would follow this tune shape. The toothbrush would try and derive a song that works with your mouth at this time, and would also try and teach you the song. You can hum along to the song, and the actions of your brushing correspond to rhythms, riffs, motifs and cadences of the song. It teaches you the rudiments of the song but also learns from your renditions of the song, and perhaps reinforces parts of it, perhaps tries to modify parts of it, for the betterment of your teeth.

I was wondering how the toothbrush would hear your humming over the sound of the brushing and the motor, but perhaps there's room for a real-time phone app in that department. This isn't to suggest there's a social aspect or competitive aspect to toothbrushing song humming. No, that'd be pathetic - stop thinking of that.

Ian Tindale, Apr 06 2017


       Toothbrush: "I see the comtours of your teeth have changed quite a bit. Please confirm you are Ian Tindale before continuing with your motion password."   

       <Ian does a series of Saturday Night Fever dance moves with his toothbrush...>   

       "Thank you Ian. I see you've had braces added. Shall I change your music selection to Metallica?"
RayfordSteele, Apr 06 2017

       Now available in plain, chocolate, vanilla and strawberry!
popbottle, Apr 06 2017


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