According to The Asahi Shimbun today, by attaching Sunstar Inc.’s new G.U.M. Play device to the bottom of a toothbrush, a game can be enjoyed on smartphones via movements of the toothbrush. (Ken Miyazaki)
Brushing one's teeth can now be educational and fun thanks to a new device that allows a toothbrush to be interfaced with a smartphone.
Developed by a Sunstar Inc., the G.U.M. Play device attaches to the bottom of a standard toothbrush and enables users to enjoy games, music or news on their smartphones via toothbrush movements.
G.U.M. Play is equipped with a sensor that can detect movements and pressure while brushing the teeth. The sensor interfaces with a smartphone through a special free app.
One game enables users to defeat a monster that appears at the bottom right of the smartphone display by brushing their back teeth on the right side.
Sunstar developed G.U.M. Play to help show children and adults how to properly brush their teeth by making the mundane task fun.
G.U.M Play will be available on April 18. It comes with a toothbrush recommended by Sunstar and will be priced at 5,000 yen (US$46) plus tax.
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