What’s the most annoying part of even the best rated electric toothbrushes? One of the common answers is, of course, that you always need to charge it (and that they tend to die at the most annoying of times). Enter the “Be.” which is an electric toothbrush that doesn’t use batteries, but apparently still manages to vibrate like a traditional model.
You can check on the Kickstarter here to read explanations and watch the video, but we bet you’re already curious. How does an electric toothbrush not need some kind of battery? The secret appears to be a kinetic storage device in the handle. You twist the handle twice (no more and no less), and you get around two minutes of tooth-brushing action. Repeat as needed, without ever needing to think about a battery.
This does sound a little far-fetched, but if you remember your physics lessons, you’ll remember how much energy something like a spring can store up when constructed in the right way. The Be. looks like it uses the same sort of system.
Of course, that means a lot fewer electronics…but not zero. The miracle toothbrush is also smart, with a sensor that measures pressure to help you brush more effectively. The brush head also includes bristles that are designed with activate charcoal, which is an interesting addition to a toothbrush and could conceivable help eliminate odors in your mouth as you brush, while also possibly killing some bacteria.
If you like eco-friendly products, the Be. is also just the sort of product you may look for. The replaceable brushheads are fully biodegradable, the brush’s design makes it fully recyclable, the packaging is recycled, and of course you are saving energy when you use it. The design also makes it ideal for traveling, backpacking, and generally being in areas where there’s no way to charge a traditional toothbrush.
If you are interested in ordering a model, the model comes with three replaceable toothbrush heads (made from fiber and bamboo), some special toothpaste, and a collection of biodegradable flossers to use. The model come with a snap-on top for travel and storage, so you don’t have to worry about protecting it. The price for an early bird model is a reasonable $49, while the other packages include extra accessories – all in all, a pretty good deal, as long as the brush works as advertised.