September 14, 2015
Philips Sonicare, the brand behind popular electronic toothbrushes, recently released a device that accomplished the inconceivable: It made oral hygiene so fun that kids want to stay on top of it. The new toothbrush proved a little addictive, though.
The new Sonicare for Kids toothbrush hit retail at the end of August, and its key feature is an app that aims to keep kids brushing. The app is a game, and kids earn points for brushing each of the four quadants of their mouth for two-minutes a pop. There’s a cute little character, called a Sparkly, on the screen that encourages the kids to keep brushing. After they earn their points, kids can use the points to upgrade or feed their Sparkly.
“If you remember the Tamagotchi, it’s a little bit like that,” Boon Lai, VP of marketing told Advertising Age. Gamification is annoying sometimes, but if it keeps the damn kid brushing and clean, I can’t think of a better use. Yes, play game, child, keep the dentist away.
The trouble is that the game was too fun. Kids using the game not only got their teeth brushed, but later couldn’t stop playing with their fuzzy little Sparkly: