Tooth Brushing Apps All Suck



Brushing your enamel is a tiny however significant factor you are able to do on your well being. If an app could make that job simpler to recollect and extra nice to do, wouldn’t that be useful? Sadly, all of the tooth brushing apps I can discover are horrible.

To offer you an instance of a tooth brushing app that’s nearly good, take a look at Disney Magic Timer(iOS/Android), which is made for youths. Once you begin brushing, you see a display stuffed with suds. A cartoon toothbrush works on every quadrant of the display for 30 seconds and slowly reveals an image of Monsters, Inc. characters. On the finish, you get half a gold star in your calendar for the day.

So first, the great: you stay up for the image reveal (in case you like Monsters, Inc. and are simply amused). That makes tooth brushing extra pleasing, so that you’re much less more likely to skip it. Second, the gold star on the calendar helps in behavior forming.

However the app is a industrial for cartoon-branded Oral-B merchandise. It asks you to scan a product each time you begin brushing. The grownup model of the app exhibits information articles—higher than cartoons, I assume—and it likewise begins with a product pitch: purchase a bluetooth-enabled brush to unlock premium options. Um, no thanks?

I wouldn’t complain about these apps in the event that they have been a very good begin. If I may decide a unique app that understands that I take advantage of my very own rattling plain outdated toothbrush, that will be nice. It will must both give me some attention-grabbing stuff to have a look at, or pull from my very own preferences—perhaps seize my newest unread tales from Pocket? Present me humorous two-minute movies? It takes zero creativeness to consider methods to make this app into one thing I might stay up for utilizing each morning.

However what have app builders finished? They both write plain outdated timers, which work precisely just like the timer constructed into your cellphone besides hey you simply put in a separate app, or else they write youngsters’ apps which might be extraordinarily literal: you sweep your enamel whereas watching the cartoon character brush their enamel.

It’s 2016, of us. We will do higher than this.