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This Smart Toothbrush Tracks Its Location In Your Mouth

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It turns out even the low-tech toothbrush is susceptible to the smart technology craze. We've seen toothbrushes that play music, tell you when to change brush heads, and turn brushing your teeth into an app-based game. Now, WIRED reports, there's a new electric toothbrush that uses position detection technology to track its location in your mouth.

The press release heralding the arrival of the Oral-B Genius brush calls it "the world's first electric toothbrush that sees what you don't." Unveiled at this week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the toothbrush—in conjunction with your smartphone—is designed to direct people's attention to the areas of their mouths that are chronically neglected.

The brush contains built-in motion and acceleration sensors that are constantly keeping tabs on its position as you brush; meanwhile, your smartphone's camera monitors your face to read which zones you're brushing at all times. Visual feedback showing areas that still need attention is sent to your phone via Oral-B's companion app. The device comes with a suction-cup holder that lets you mount it onto your bathroom mirror so you can brush without holding your phone.

This isn't the first time Oral-B has integrated smart technology into their toothbrushes. The company's SmartSeries introduced brushes with professional timers and built-in pressure sensors—features which are also included in the Oral-B Genius brush. This is their first product that narrows in specifically on the coverage factor, something Oral-B says is an issue for most brushers. According to their research, 80 percent of people don't spend enough time on at least one zone of their mouths and 60 percent of people either brush their back molars insufficiently or not all. Brushers guilty of such zone neglect can look for the Oral-B genius in select markets this July.

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Improve Your Chopping Skills With This Knife-Cutting Board Hybrid
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Chopping ingredients properly is an impressive skill, and for those who haven’t mastered it yet, this part of the cooking process can be a pain. Luckily, it is possible to do your slicing and dicing without the awkward hand positions and frequent slip-ups. All you need is a knife that stays attached to the board where you’re doing the cutting.

Spotted over at Mashable, spéciale is a high-quality walnut cutting board that comes with a 17-inch Damascus steel knife built in. Whether you’re breaking down fruits, vegetables, cheese, or charcuterie, the blade can rotate across the board as you cut while the tip stays fixed in place. This leaves one hand free, so you don’t have to pause to put down your glass of wine before the chopping starts.

The designers focused on aesthetics along with functionality, so when the board is not being used in the kitchen it doubles as a serving platter. And after you’ve had a chance to enjoy the fruit of your labors, you can pop the knife off the board for easy clean-up.

Spéciale recently wrapped up a campaign on Kickstarter where it raised more than $150,500, and prior to that it debuted on Indiegogo, where it raised nearly $170,000. The product is still available to order through the Indiegogo page for $195.

[h/t Mashable]

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The Commodore 64 Will Return as a Mini Console With Dozens of Games
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Today’s video games may be more innovative than ever, but that doesn’t stop many from returning to the old-school games that remind them of their childhood. Following Nintendo’s massive success with the NES Classic in 2016 and the SNES Classic in September, the Commodore 64 is set to be the next vintage gaming device to get a miniature makeover. As Nerdist reports, Retro Games Limited will release a plug-and-play version of the 1982 bestseller in 2018.

The C64 Mini will be half the size of the original Commodore 64 computer and will feature 64 retro 8-bit titles, including Impossible Mission, Armalyte, Paradroid, and California Games. The kit will include a joystick, an HDMI cable for hooking up the console to your TV, and a USB power cable for charging it.

The console will have two USB ports that can be used to connect an extra joystick or plug in a full-sized keyboard to use the C64 Mini for simple coding. This could be especially useful when you get bored of the pre-loaded games and want to program a new one of your own from scratch.

The C64 Mini is set to retail for around $70 when it hits shelves in 2018, making it $10 cheaper than the newly-released SNES classic. Retro Games also plans to revive a full-sized version of the original Commodore 64 to sell in 2018. For an idea of what that might look like, check out this classic Commodore 64 how-to video from 1982.

[h/t Nerdist]

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