Crest is offering a toothpaste guarantee. A better dental check up after using their toothpaste or they will pay your dentist bill.
Why it matters
With performance being increasingly pushed to new limits in the category, guarantees offer confidence in a product to deliver. Rather than just self appraisal of a product (happy or your money back) professional guarantees offer a higher level of reassurance. Will we see dermatologists being offered up to confirm your anti-wrinkle cream is working?
People who suffer from sleep apnea – a sleep disorder characterised by abnormal pauses in breathing – now have a new device that could help them get a better night’s sleep. Japanese scientists have developed a teddy bear shaped pillow (called Jukusi-kun) that monitors a person’s frequency of breath and blood oxygen levels. The bear then wakes them up with a “paw move” to correct their sleeping position.
An estimated 5,000 people with asthma end up in hospital each day. A number of those hospital visits could be avoided; as many as 75% of patients are using their inhalers improperly.
Cambridge Consultants developed the T-Haler, a device designed to help asthma suffers better monitor their use of their inhaler. Fitted with Wi-Fi and sensors, the T-Haler feeds back real-time usage data. The design firm claims that, with just three minutes of training with the T-Haler, proper use of inhalers skyrockets from 20% to 60%.
The prototype also uses gamification to encourage proper use of the tool.