How about a toothbrush so personalized that it cleans your teeth in 6 seconds?
The thing with really new technology is that it’s hard to imagine how it will be used.
And this one requires a lot of imagination: a 3-D scan is made of your teeth, a mold is formed from that, small bristles are attached, and ouila: you have a personalized toothbrush that basically can’t miss your personal nooks and crannies.
What is the value to society of something like this? Hmmm. It might save:
- 2 minutes per day
- At a value of $0.25 per minute
- For 365 days a year
- For the 250 million or so people who spend time brushing their teeth in this country
- And we get a grand total of $45 billion per year.
That’s not chump change: it would cover about a day of our “partial government shutdown”.
P.S. I’ve offered that last example for (tongue-in-cheek) perspective. More realistically, this estimate gives us a ballpark figure for the amount of consumer surplus that could be captured by this device.
Via Marginal Revolution.