The Kolibree toothbrush, which was unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Sunday, appears to be a gadget that will delight parents.

Kolibree is being promoted by its French-based makers as the world's first Internet-connected toothbrush.

"The technology in the industry has not evolved for years," Kolibree's co-founder Loic Cessot told AFP. "The idea is not to brush stronger, but smarter."

The Kolibree has a built-in sensor that can tell how much tartar is removed from the teeth during a brushing and sends this information via bluetooth (wirelessly) to a smartphone app.

Cessot says that parents will be able to check up on their kids' brushing with Kolibree.

"When you use a normal toothbrush you never really know what you've cleaned," added Cessot. "It might be 30 percent. The only person who really knows is the dentist."

According to the Kolibree website:

You can easily share your stats with your dentist and family or choose to keep it private. Designed for families, the app works with several toothbrushes so the entire family can participate together. Kolibree rewards your progress and cheers you on when you are improving, allocating points to kids to encourage them to improve their brushing habits.

CNET reports that Kolibree has included an API that allows third-party developers to create additional apps.

Kolibree is the brainchild of Cessot and former Microsoft and Google executive Thomas Serval, who plan to release the toothbrush worldwide via Kickstarter. 

The cost will vary from $99 to $200, depending on the model.

Sources:, CNET, AFP