Karen Belz
October 05, 2013 10:01 am

For those of you who thought the toothbrush that played Lady Gaga songs during the duration of your hygiene-routine was cool, the toothbrush industry has upped the ante. Meet the Blizzident toothbrush, which requires no manual brushing at all. (I mean, how time consuming was that, right?)

The Blizzident is more of a plate that’s specifically shaped like your teeth, and its instructions are pretty simple: bite it, chomp for six seconds, and magically, every single one of your teeth is brushed in that “fresh from the dentist” way. And speaking of dentists, they were the ones who developed the product and decided to use an extremely precise 3D printer that would create an individual brush for each consumer.

Sure, the product looks horrifying. But I guess you can’t argue with results.

With contraptions like this, it’s interesting to get a good idea on what else is on the brink of development. Here are a few products I’m excited about.

1. Oculus Rift – Sure, playing video games can be fun. But being in the game is probably a whole new experience for you. Oculus Rift has been designed to make it possible.

Oculus VR, who’s manufacturing the tool that’ll make you never see your boyfriend again, even got some help from Kickstarter to gain buzz and raise some money to help this product’s development. They’re currently in the process of shipping out development kits, as well as latency testers, to developers.

2. Eye Tribe – Now, this one freaks me out. I like a good game of Fruit Ninja myself, but part of the fun is being able to slash those watermelons in half with my fingertip. Eye Tribe uses – well – your eyes to complete this fun task. Eye tracking is the process of using sensors to locate features of the eyes and estimate where someone is looking. The product is currently being released on Android, and the company hopes to have it integrated with smart phones, tablets, consumer electronics, and even your car.

3. SmartThings – When I went on vacation last year, it was pretty amazing being able to set my thermostat from the other side of the country through my smart phone. (We have a Nest, which has saved us some money and has also “learned” our preferred house temperatures. A smart buy, if your current thermostat just isn’t “the one”.) Anyway – SmartThings is pretty similar to the concept of “you get to control your home when you’re not there”.

This thing has the capability of turning lights on for you, notifying you if your pet left the yard, and can tell you if you have a leaky pipe before things turn into Waterworld. Developers pledged $1,209,423 for the product through Kickstarter last September, so obviously they have a ton of support behind them.

4. iRobot Braava – Move over, Roomba. Your days of being the coolest robot vacuum might be over – even if you have an iPod attached to you.

The iRobot Braava became available in the United States about two months ago. And I don’t know about you, but there’s something about robot vacuums that make me laugh every time. My wedding registry included two, because my husband and I wanted to make them fight. We ended up receiving zero, since our guests probably figured out why we wanted two, and wanted to discourage us from being twelve years old.

The Bravaa features two mops – one wet and one dry – and cleans up to 1,000 square feet. It’s also shaped like a rectangle, so cleaning corners via robot will never be a problem again. I have a feeling that the robot vacuum market will be improving more and more as the years progress.

5. Google Driverless Car – Before panicking, let me tell you that Google has brought a few good things into this world. Maybe we should trust them, more than anyone else, on something called a Driverless Car.

The project is currently being led by Google engineer Sebastian Thrun, director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and co-inventor of Google Street View. As of now, only three states are allowing these cars to be tested on the road – Nevada, California, and Florida. In August 2012, the Google team reported that these vehicles have driven 300,000 autonomous-driving miles accident-free.
If we can’t get flying cars like The Jetsons promised us, this might be a reasonable alternative.

Are there any products that you’re excited about? Do you think we’re spending too much time improving products that don’t need improvement? Will you also have nightmares tonight about the Blizzident? Feel free to chat about it in the comments!

Image Credits: core77.com (Blizzident), destructoid.com (Oculus Rift), flavorwire.com (DJ Roomba), gizmodo.com (featured)

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