Building a smart toothbrush using emerging patterns in cloud architecture

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grush2-01Embracing the right cloud computing platform can be transformational.

It’s easy to see some of the immediate benefits of cloud—on-demand access to storage, compute, development, and analytics capabilities—all without the cost and complexity of acquiring and managing the underlying hardware and software directly. This can be a huge payoff to organizations, freeing up valuable time and resources so that they can focus on their core business goals and drive continuous innovation.

But there are other benefits, such as tapping into emerging domains and patterns in cloud architecture, that can help companies quickly and easily extend their solutions to mobile, the Internet of Things (IoT), data and analytics, and cognitive computing. By using these cloud architectures, organizations can speed their development cycles, expand their offerings and take their solutions to the next level.

Startup company Grush did just that and it paid off. In fact, last month, Grush won the $1 million grand prize on TBS’ competition show America’s Greatest Makers for its gaming toothbrush for children.

Grush created its solution using Bluemix, IBM’s cloud platform, which enables its toothbrush to capture real-time data and gamify the brushing process. Watch the Grush story here:

Innovative companies like Grush look for emerging patterns and make use of this technology to deliver creative offerings to their customers. These emerging patterns help companies work smarter, not harder, in the development process by providing cloud architectures that have already been proven by other companies.

Developing a new cloud solution can start with standard architectures that companies can extend to meet additional needs as they grow. For example, a business can use mobile on cloud to develop, deploy, and manage scalable native and hybrid apps for mobile devices while connecting securely to back-end infrastructure on the cloud or in the enterprise.

When building its cloud solution, Grush turned to the IBM Cloud Architecture Center, which provides prescriptive guidance and starting points based on IBM expertise.

Grush uses an IoT architecture that connects the smart Grush toothbrush to IBM Bluemix. When a child uses the toothbrush, sensors wirelessly transmit his or her usage data—which adds up to thousands of data sets—to the cloud, where the application records it. The detailed data shows exactly how and when the child brushed his or her teeth, down to each individual tooth.

But Grush didn’t stop at IoT. The company expanded its cloud architecture solution to include both mobile and analytics patterns in order to drive even better results.

Grush connected its IoT architecture to a mobile gaming application with a fun interface uses the data to show children how well they are brushing their teeth, and the company is currently exploring how cognitive insights using Watson Analytics can bring even more value to the thousands of data points it captures. The possibilities are endless. For example, a cognitive analysis of time series data could produce a suggested brushing pattern for an individual child, and over time, these suggestions could be leveraged by organizations like the American Dental Association.

Like Grush, you can build your own solutions on IBM Cloud using exciting, emerging patterns in cloud architecture, like cognitive, IoT, mobile and more.

Browse architectures and experiment with sample code and demos at

For a closer look at Grush’s cloud architecture, visit

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