As children grow up, tales about Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy fill the minds of the youth with magic and merriment. Most adults eventually give up on such fantasies, but they never fail to pass such traditions on to their children, filling their young imaginations with wonder and curiosity. And now, with Tooth Fairy Beacon by Digital Apparatus, parents can usher the old Tooth Fairy tale into the 21st-Century with a mobile application that allows children to scan their lost tooth, alert the Tooth Fairy and save the stars all at once.
Parents will begin by entering basic information about their child, such as their name, gender and how well they brush each day. In fact, the application presents users with a walk-through tutorial at the beginning to explain all the features. You see, Tooth Fairy Beacon was designed to put children in direct contact with the Tooth Fairy by moving the lost tooth exchange from under one’s pillow to the device. Tooth Fairy Beacon actually moves beyond the traditional story by adding a new twist. Now, children will join the Tooth Fairy on a magical journey to save the stars.
You see, each child learns that they have their own star in the night sky, and that their lost teeth are the only way to recharge their fading star and keep it shining bright. The better they brush and floss, the whiter their teeth and the brighter their star will shine.
Ease of Use:
As previously mentioned, parents will begin by entering their child’s basic information, for Tooth Fairy Beacon has individualized themes for boys and girls. Plus, these specifics come in handy later on in this personalized journey. Parents will then have their child place their tooth on the Magic Meter and press scan, which will determine how much magic the tooth contains. If they have great brushing habits, their star shall surely sparkle once again. As a proud supporter of the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation, Tooth Fairy Beacon subtly but effectively promotes healthier oral health habits.
Children will then activate the beacon to alert the Tooth Fairy so she may come and gather the tooth while they sleep and leave a surprise. She will also leave a personalized e-postcard congratulating the child on saving their star – a postcard that can be shared via email, Facebook, Twitter and text with family and friends anywhere in the world.
In the bottom right corner, users will find a button that links to the postcard message, while the button to the bottom left leads to the control panel. Here, parents can review how the app works, activate the beacon, start up the Magic Meter, share with friends and family, add another child, and edit their child’s crushing habits.
Though I’m sad to see the old-fashioned Tooth Fairy tradition make its transition into the digital age, I’m glad to see it hasn’t lost its magical essence. If anything, it has only emphasized the joy and wonder we wish for children all over the world. And while we can be sure that the old way will never go out of style, it’s wonderful to find an application that promotes happiness and dental health in one fell swoop.
Tooth Fairy [ iTunes Link ] Beacon requires iPhone OS 3.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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