On ProductHunt the other day I saw a listing for toothpaste.coffee – an exercise in ideation. Everyday you get two words and you use those to inspire you to create new product ideas, improve existing products and just generally get those creative juices oozing.

This is exactly the kind of thing I like.  It will join Daily Coding Problem and Project Euler as things I look at when I want to think for a few minutes but don’t want to think about anything from “real life”.

The first email arrived today and it was – not surprising – “toothpaste coffee”

I time-boxed this to 10 minutes and decided to use the same process I use for writing topical jokes – a word association list.  So here’s my entire note-dump as-written.  The ideas aren’t terrible but also not terribly unique.


Toothpaste.coffee #1

Toothpaste
———–
tooth
teeth
paste
gel
flavored
mint
white
abrassive cleaning
clean headlights
clean CD/DVD
tube
pump
electric toothbrush
manual toothbrush
whitening
enamel protection
breath freshening
mouth wash
twice daily
flossing
Coffee
——-
bean
water
french press
kureig
coffee machine
black
drip
starbucks
caffeine
cheap to high-end
sustainable sourcing
morning routines
yellow teeth

Ideas

Post-coffee chewing gum that contains alkali compounds such as calcium carbonate and potassium chloride. These would would act to neutralize the acid in coffee thus reducing the effects of tooth decay.

Keurig style toothpaste pump – instead of having a half-empty rolled up messy toothpaste tube on the counter, an upright device that dispensed the ideal amount of toothpaste using Keurig-style toothpaste packs.

Did You Brush Your Teeth?

A connected toothbrush and toothpaste dispenser that acted as an IFTTT event source.  The toothpaste dispenser would track when toothpaste was dispensed, the amount dispensed/remaining.  The toothbrushes would track when they were used (not just that they were turned on – but use sensors to determine that they were actually used to brushteeth).

IFTTT integration examples:

  • Place an order with Amazon when toothpaste gets below 10%
  • Dim lightbulbs in master bedroom when toothbrush is used after 7PM.
  • Enable TV in child’s room for 60 minutes once their teeth have been brushed.
  • Get the morning coffee going when the toothpaste dispenser is used the first time.
  • Notify a child that an elderly parent has not brushed their teeth in more than 24 hours.