TEETH stands for Timer Encouraging Everyone To Health. It uses the Intel Edison board's small form factor to upgrade your toothbrush holder to an IOT Home Appliance. This smart upgrade is great for health-conscious folks, those under dental supervision, or anyone who wants to improve their habits. And it's great for families -- who maybe need to encourage children's brushing habits too!

When you're done building, lift your toothbrush up out of the holder to prep the timer that waits for you to start brushing. Then an ADA-recommended two-minute countdown starts and an LED screen displays words of encouragement. The screen fades through colors until you reach the end and sounds play to prompt you from start to finish. Next the timer stops when you replace your toothbrush (or if you leave the room and turn off the lights). After that, the holder stores your timer data to the cloud. If you’ve met your goal, it also sends a congratulatory email. Finally you can login to the cloud and see the progress for every toothbrush in the holder. That’s the IOT data you need to monitor great brushing and encourage healthy habits for everyone at home.

Take a look at this video to get the idea, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrT2JXHnHcU.

Step 1: Tools and Materials

Because you can program the Intel chip using JavaScript, this project is great for beginners in the IOT space. For the first steps, let's build the holder.


  • Toothbrush holder
  • Intel Edison compute module
  • Edison breakout board
  • Lever switches (one for each toothbrush)
  • Plastic platforms (one for each toothbrush)
  • 10K resistors (one for each toothbrush)
  • I2C RGB Backlight LED display
  • Photoresistor light sensor
  • Piezoceramic buzzer
  • Rechargeable battery with USB connections
  • Silicon adhesive or sealant
  • Project code
  • Hookup wire


  • Computer with Intel XDK and USB cables
  • Soldering iron and solder
  • Cutting tools depending on your holder

Source code

Great idea! This would be great with my kids.
Interesting project like the idea. <br> <br>typo; Step 10: Going farther fUrther
<p>Thanks. I've made that edit to the text.</p>
This is freaking genius! Great job
Thanks! I'm writing a companion app next so you don't need to program it directly. Stay tuned.

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