Listen via the embed below or take a look at our Soundcloud page.
Taking a look at the high-tech toothbrush
The start-up behind the brush is Kolibree and it aims to make dental health a quantified-self pursuit. The proposal is that you use the smart toothbrush (not yet available in stores, but there’s a Kickstarter coming soon) and then it sends data via Bluetooth to your smartphone app.
In the podcast, John talks about how he made the connection between this idea of Internet of Things—all kinds of smart devices, not just phones—and the computer-code-like numbering system dental hygienists use to communicate about teeth.
How John’s musing was made
After inspiration hit, John typed up his script in a Word document, embedded here through Scribd, a free document-sharing site.
He then recorded his speech (using a headphone mic) directly into Audacity, a free audio editor and recorder.
Recording a podcast in the sandbox. Look for the post (it’s revelations about binary!) soon on the blog. pic.twitter.com/jPCXkSIkFC
— MCC IDS (@MCCIDS) January 28, 2014
Finally, he found a backing track—”Didgespiral” by Tomas Bown, downloaded from Archive.org—and then added it via Audacity. After exporting to a MP3, we uploaded that file to Soundcloud, a free audio-hosting site that allows for track embeds (and Creative Commons licensing).
And that’s it! With free & cool social media tools (including this free WordPress blog), we shared an audio track with the world. In this case, it was John’s musings, but it could also be an instructor’s lesson or a student’s assignment.