Blizzident is a custom-made, 3D printed, whole-mouth-at-once toothbrush that claims to be able to clean your teeth in six seconds. It uses a mold of your teeth, lined with "a dense field of tailored bristles" that work with an integrated tongue-scraper and floss to conduct what appears to be a thorough scraping, brushing, and flossing of all the significant mouth-surfaces.
It's expensive -- there's the cost of a scan or impression (up to $200), then $300 for a brush that lasts a year (replacement brushes are $160 thereafter). But as high as those prices are, I'm rather taken with this: the prices are sure to come down -- 3D-printed anything costs too much, thanks to soon-to-expire patents that slap a ~5000 percent markup on the plastic, and scanning just keeps getting cheaper. And while the normal two minutes' brushing time isn't much, but if you brush twice a day, every day, and can effectively zero that out, it adds up. Plus, I'm always in favor of something that replaces an error-prone, mindless task with an automated system that takes the errror out.
All that said, there's every possibility that this just doesn't work. The company doesn't list any peer-reviewed, independent studies evaluating the efficacy of their gadget. But presuming it does work, and presuming it comes down in price to something like $50, I'd buy one -- two, even, so I could keep one in my travel-bag.
The Ultimate Writer is a hardware and software plan to make your own digital typewriter with an e-ink display. All you need are a keyboard, a Raspberry Pi, an e-ink display, wood and words. The plans are open-source on Github. Ultimate writer is an attempt to create the perfect digital writing device; it may also […]
Samsung’s Galaxy Chromebook is unusually fancy and handsome for a platform usually associated with cheap, low-end machines, at least outside of Google’s own flag-carrier devices. How does it stack up? The Verge says its no good because despite the pretty case, high-end hardware and 4k screen, it’s unreliable and has poor battery life. Engadget thinks […]
CuloClean is a portable gadget that turns a plastic bottle into a bidet. I can’t vouch for its efficacy but it seems like a useful alternative to wiping your bum, especially as toilet paper has become a high-value currency. Apparently CuloClean supplies are also running low but it seems like you could make one yourself […]
Even once stay-at-home orders are lifted, it’s likely many of us will be sticking closer to home, at least for a while. And rather than taking the car out of the garage for a 10-minute-or-less drive to the grocery store or the pharmacy, don’t be shocked if you start seeing a lot more short jaunt […]
If your sleep has been somewhat troubled recently, you’ve got plenty of company. With so much uncertainty, millions of people everywhere are laying in their beds, wrestling with huge life problems while unsuccessfully trying to also get eight hours of rest…or six…or heck, even 30 minutes. If that hits a little close to home, you […]
Believe it or not, you can still score a new job in the midst of the pandemic. There are a bunch of industries under more demand stress than ever that have an immediate need to grow. Regardless of the specific role needed or company that’s hiring, one skill that can only help you score an […]