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    Interesting Dept: Brush your Teeth to Music

    Toothbrush that plays music as you clean your teeth via your jawbone
    "Scientists have invented a remarkable toothbrush that lets you listen to pop songs while you scrub away - by transmitting the sound waves through your teeth and jawbone to your ear.

    The £7 device, called Tooth Tunes, plays for exactly two minutes - the amount of time dentists recommend should be devoted to brushing every morning and night.

    It is initially being targeted at children, but could also be marketed to the so-called iPod generation of adults.

    American maker Hasbro claims that Tooth Tunes will 'single-handedly change children's attitudes' to brushing and expects it to be in the shops before Christmas.

    A single piece of music is stored in a microchip in the brush's handle. When a button is pushed, it plays on a minicomputer and is transported along the bristles, through the teeth and jawbone and into the ear. While the user hears 'a cross between the sound of music coming out of a stereo and the sound of humming to oneself', onlookers are aware only of a buzzing noise similar to an electric toothbrush.

    Replacement chips with different songs will be available, and Hasbro is negotiating with artists including the Black Eyed Peas and Will Smith. The firm spent six years trying out its new technology in lollipops, pens, spoons and forks before deciding to launch it in toothbrushes.

    Andrew Filo, one of the inventors, said: "The human jaw is a great conductor of sound. As a child I used to close my ears and wonder how I could hear myself hum."
    Think we should do a GPO version?



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    Re: Interesting Dept: Brush your Teeth to Music

    It would be a great way to catch up on my demo listening!
    Sean Patrick Hannifin
    My MP3s | My Melody Generator | my album
    "serious music" ... as if the rest of us are just kidding

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    Re: Interesting Dept: Brush your Teeth to Music

    They started out with lollipops and settled on a toothbrush? I don't think they have the customer's health in mind.
    Wheat Williams
    Atlanta, Georgia, USA
    Music Copyist in Sibelius
    Apple MacBook Pro, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
    Apple Certified Support Professional. I also work with Windows.

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    Re: Interesting Dept: Brush your Teeth to Music

    Maybe we need some kind of impulse and convolution technology to model the mouth cavities of different famous people and then transmit the music through the teeth and jaw into the head. Then you can pretend you are Pavarotti listening to the Black Eyed Peas while you brush your teeth, or pretend you are James Brown listening to the Black Eyed Peas while you brush your teeth, or pretend you are Jessica Simpson...
    Wheat Williams
    Atlanta, Georgia, USA
    Music Copyist in Sibelius
    Apple MacBook Pro, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
    Apple Certified Support Professional. I also work with Windows.

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    Re: Interesting Dept: Brush your Teeth to Music

    ROFL... Wheat, you're definitely an original thinker.

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    Re: Interesting Dept: Brush your Teeth to Music

    Quote Originally Posted by etLux
    ROFL... Wheat, you're definitely an original thinker.

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    I do have a decidedly unconventional sense of humor. I'm glad of the rare occasion when somebody else gets it.
    Wheat Williams
    Atlanta, Georgia, USA
    Music Copyist in Sibelius
    Apple MacBook Pro, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
    Apple Certified Support Professional. I also work with Windows.

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    Re: Interesting Dept: Brush your Teeth to Music

    Fans of the thrash-metal band Megadeth were referred to as "rattleheads" because of the band's teeth-rattling music. So thrash-metal toothbrushes sound like a natural to me.
    Wheat Williams
    Atlanta, Georgia, USA
    Music Copyist in Sibelius
    Apple MacBook Pro, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
    Apple Certified Support Professional. I also work with Windows.

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    Re: Interesting Dept: Brush your Teeth to Music

    David Pogue of the New York Times picked up on this one, too.

    http://pogue.blogs.nytimes.com/?p=136
    Wheat Williams
    Atlanta, Georgia, USA
    Music Copyist in Sibelius
    Apple MacBook Pro, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
    Apple Certified Support Professional. I also work with Windows.

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