Keep the whole family dancing and brushing for 2 minutes with Benjamin Brush

Brushing teeth is easy, but almost everyone can agree that it’s not the highlight of their day. The dentist recommends we brush twice a day for two minutes, but busy schedules or laziness can shorten the time actually spent brushing. Wouldn’t it be easier to brush more if it was entertaining?

Benjamin Brush, the latest product from BleepBleeps, is a smart toothbrush for the whole family. This cute connected device makes brushing teeth more fun with the aid of music and games. Users can download their favorite music from millions of available tracks on the BleepBleeps Music Store. Each song plays for two minutes, giving everyone reason to keep brushing. As a reminder, Benjamin Brush vibrates every 30 seconds to signal when it’s time to clean the next section of teeth.

“As a parent I know it’s difficult to get kids to brush properly – or even at all,” company founder Tom Evans said in a statement. “We made Benjamin Brush to get everyone more excited for brushing their teeth and to encourage good brushing habits.”

By pairing the toothbrush with the BleepBleeps app, parents and kids can keep track of their brushing. Everyone earns points based on how long and how often they brush their teeth. Siblings can compete or parents can reward children for good habits.

Depending on a user’s age, there are two different brush heads to choose from. The Pom-Pom Brush has bristles in every direction, making it easier to clean a toddler’s little teeth. As children get older and grow their permanent teeth, they can upgrade to the Big Brush head. Both brushes are made from soft, flexible, and hygienic silicone bristles. These prevent over brushing and protect the tooth enamel.

Inside the waterproof base is the speaker and a sonic motor that produces thousands of pulsations per minute for cleaner teeth. Recharging Benjamin Brush is as easy as plugging in a USB cable.

Just like BleepBleeps other kid-friendly products, Benjamin Brush is available for pre-order on Kickstarter. The campaign runs through October 12 with prices starting at $55. After initial shipments go out in January, the toothbrush will be made available to the mass market for $89.

Product Review

Kwikset Kevo Contemporary review

Tired of carrying around keys? Make keyless entry so easy that all you have to do is have your phone nearby to open the door. It’s a little pricey, but sleek lines and simple features make the Kwikset Kevo Contemporary a great choice for…
Music

Jam out in hi-fi style with the 25 best playlists on Spotify

Music is the world's most potent drug, and the best playlists on Spotify will make you catch feelings. We've scoured the service for its top collections, and brought them together in one place -- for you.
Social Media

Spice up your Instagram videos by adding your top tunes to the soundtrack

Have you ever taken a beautiful video, only to have it ruined by some jerk in the background yelling curse words? Here's a list of apps you can use to add your own music to Instagram posts as well as your Story.
Music

Tidal faces legal jeopardy over fake stream numbers accusation

In another challenging chapter for music subscription service Tidal, Norwegian authorities have begun a formal investigation into charges that the company faked millions of streams for artists such as Kanye West and Beyoncé.
Computing

Don't use streaming apps? Try the best free media players for your local music

Rather than using music-streaming apps, you may want something for playing your local music. Good news! There are some good alternatives. These are the best media players you can download for free on Windows.
Smart Home

GHSP makes a (back)splash with its touchscreen concept kitchen

One of the coolest concept kitchens from CES 2019 came from GHSP. It created a backsplash entirely made of touchscreens. That means the control panel for your kitchen is accessible no matter where you are.
Health & Fitness

In search of the fountain of youth, beauty companies turn to tech

Beauty tech is a fairly new concept, but at CES 2019, companies such as Olay, L’Oreal, and Neutrogena were fully embracing it with all kinds of gadgets that promise to give you glowing skin.
Smart Home

Airbnb says sorry to guest for how it dealt with undisclosed security camera

An Airbnb guest recently found a surveillance camera in his rental apartment that hadn't been properly disclosed in the listing. The firm admits its initial response to the guest's complaint was poor, but has since made amends.
Smart Home

Thinking of buying an Instant Pot? Here's what you need to know

The Instant Pot is a powerful kitchen appliance that does everything from pressure cook to to slow cook to steam. Heck, you can even make yogurt in it. Here's all you need to know about the magic device.
Smart Home

Want a smarter home? Ditch the keys with these great smart locks

A good smart lock should offer a combination of security and convenience. Fortunately, these devices keep your home protected, your family safe, and your belongings secure from possible intruders.
Smart Home

The best sous vide machines cook your food perfectly, every single time

Want to make four-star meals from the comforts of your own kitchen? Here are the best sous vide machines available right now, whether you prefer simple immersion circulators or something more complex.
Smart Home

Busted: Facebook Portal gets 5-star reviews from company employees

It's fair to say that Facebook's Portal smart display received a tepid response at launch, so it was something of a surprise to see lots of glowing reviews of the device on Amazon. Turns out some were written by Facebook workers.
Smart Home

Idaho mother says her child’s light-up sippy cup exploded

After a mother filled a Nuby insulated light-up cup with milk, the cup allegedly exploded. The incident caused burns to the mother's hand and face and a stinging sensation in her lungs that required a trip to the hospital.
Smart Home

Project Alias is a ‘smart parasite’ that stops smart speakers from listening

Two designers chose to do something about nosy smart speakers. The result is Project Alias, a "smart parasite" that whispers nonsense to Google Home and Alexa until it hears a specific wake word.