Budd and Buffy - the Toothbrush Tutors
Vernon Simms (Composer of Brush Up Theme)
Grab your toothbrush!!!
Dramatic results in NIH funded studies, including one year follow up study.
3 generations: Bob Jacobson (DDS), Dov Jacobson (Game Dev) and Jesse Jacobson (Alexa Dev)
The single largest infectious disease among children is tooth decay. The epidemic is global and growing. But human skill - toothbrushing skill - can vastly reduce this disease burden. We're here to offer that precious skill!
What it does
Brush Up walks a child through a brushing session using the Bass-Stillman technique - the gold standard of dental hygiene. Great science is not enough - the skill teaches with clever lyrics and great music and (in the case of Show) terrific animation of a toothy character, designed for unobstructed views of the teeth
How we built it
Dental skills from Dr Bob Jacobson Game Dev skills by Dov Jacobson Alexa Skills by Jesse Jacobson plus tons of talent from Steph Chergi, Jon Dameron and others
Challenges we ran into
Developing a clear language for children to indicate spatial relationships, dynamics and specific teeth.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
First Prize - US Education Department Kid's Choice - Entertainment Software Association Innovation in Healthcare Technology - National Academy of Medicine First Prize - International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare
What we learned
We've learned, we must adopt the child's point of view.
What's next for Brush Up
We hope Amazon allows us to send a "Brushing Completed" message from the child's Dot to the Echo in the parent's room, so they know that this bedtime chore is accomplished
Skill ID: amzn1.ask.skill.a334e256-2507-4e07-99ac-d85bb2333dd2