Dyson is hoping to create an advanced electric toothbrush to add to its expanding range of high-end electronics, according to reports.
The brush will be complete with a small but powerful water jet nestled within the bristles to help blast away dirt and debris.
This is according to a patent application for a ‘dental cleaning appliance’ that features a nozzle for ‘delivering bursts of fluid’.
Dyson is developing a powerful new electric toothbrush. The brush is complete with a small water jet nestled within the bristles to help blast away dirt and debris. (Pictured: Dyson founder Sir James Dyson poses with one of the company’s Contrarotator washing machine)
DYSON IN 2016
1) Dyson released its high speed ‘Supersonic Styler‘ hairdryer in July 2016.
– It boasts a motor that is eight times faster than conventional hairdryers.
– Dyson spent over £50 million ($62 million) developing the ultra lightweight product.
– But concerns were raised over the dryer’s £299 ($372) price tag.
2) In March 2016, rumours circulated that Dyson was developing an electric car.
– The UK government released a report confirming the company’s intentions.
– But the reference was swiftly deleted from the government’s official report.
– Founder Sir James Dyson has previously said that the company ‘isn’t ruling out’ the possibility of releasing its own car.
3) And Sir James announced his own fee-free university earlier this month.
– He will funnel millions into the venture to plug the UK’s engineering skills gap.
– The Dyson Institute of Technology, based in Wiltshire, will accept its first group of 25 students in September 2017.
These fluids will ‘dislodge matter’ from between the brusher’s teeth, the Evening Standard has reported.
The company, founded by industrial designer Sir James Dyson, has developed the toothbrush so it is usable even without the bristles.
The high-powered water jet can act as dental floss by shooting off a ‘series of bursts’ between teeth, according to the patent.
A small, spherical reservoir to store water will sit between the handle and the brush of the device.
This will store enough water for three long, cleansing bursts or a series of shorter ones.
Papers published by the Intellectual Property Office show the reservoir can be refilled directly from a tap.
But the reservoir will not just store water, other liquids such as toothpaste or mouthwash could be stored and fired from the nozzle.
As the user shifts the brush around their teeth, a light sensor, or possibly a small camera, will sense when the brush is between teeth and shoot a burst of water into the small gap.
Dyson’s new brush will pivot at speeds of 6,000 revolutions per minute, and features six button-controlled modes with variations of ‘auto-jet and ‘manual-jet’.
It may even include an alert system that warns users when the brush is being pushed too hard against their teeth.
Dyson’s new supersonic hairdryer is listed at £350 ($430), and its likely the new brush will fetch a similar eye-watering price tag if and when it hits storefronts.
Dyson’s new supersonic hairdryer (pictured) is listed at £350, and its likely the new brush will fetch a similar top end price tag. The brush will pivot at speeds of 6,000 revolutions per minute and feature six button-controlled modes
A Dyson spokeswoman told Mark Blunden at the Evening Standard: ‘So far this year Dyson has filed over 450 different patents.’
‘We never comment on technology we may or may not be developing.’
Last week the 2016 James Dyson Award, which celebrates the next generation of design engineers, went to Isis Shiffer.
She crafted a £4 ($5) foldable, waterproof paper helmet that can be used while riding Boris Bikes.
Last week the 2016 James Dyson Award, which celebrates the next generation of design engineers, went to Isis Shiffer (pictured). She created a foldable £4 waterproof paper helmet that can be used while riding Boris Bikes