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Oral-B Toothbrush App Shows Weather and News While You Clean

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We all know we're supposed to brush our teeth for two minutes or so, but how do you pass that time? Staring yourself in the mirror? Counting the seconds internally? Toothbrush maker Oral-B thinks you can make better use of that two minutes while still getting your teeth nice and clean. The new Pro 7000 SmartSeries electric toothbrush uses Bluetooth to connect with a smartphone app, which shows you the latest news and weather while you brush, making those two minutes fly.

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It's not just for entertainment, though: The app (for iOS and Android) also tracks usage, allowing you to "monitor and chart your brushing performance like never before." That sounds a bit serious for any but the most diligent of dental caretakers, but it could help you identify how often you forget to brush after lunch or rush the process before going to work. The $220 price puts it firmly in the high-end range of electric brushes, along with its customizable modes and interchangeable heads, but gadget fiends might love the novelty of this ultra-smart hygiene appliance.

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