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Invent Boston designs and develops original products to add science + whimsy to  every day tasks at home.   Our first product is a Two Minute timer, Two Minute Turtle, a visual timer. The Two Minute Turtle helps children and adults focus on two minute tasks such as brushing teeth, physical therapy, taking a shower and speaking (practicing a presentation or learning a language).


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Invent Boston is designing the Two Minute Turtle Timer to bring whimsy and science to home routines.  The Two Minute Turtle Timer, a spacial and visual timer makes two minute tasks more fun, like toothbrushing, holding poses, waiting, and speaking in meetings.

It will Consume You

Virginia Berman

I was at an inventor’s meeting recently. I ran into one of the success stories—the guys who “made it”—have a product widely available on the market and appear to be profitable. Always excited to learn from those further down the road from me, I asked his advice on whether to mass produce. That’s the step we have in front of us. I appreciate honesty but even this may have been more honesty than I was prepared for…

“It (the business) will eat you up. You’ll be on the phone at 1:00 AM working, and then for the rest of the day. And you’ll be trying to make pay-roll every single week. And all I wanted to do was make things. And the large stores will order 20,000 and then change their mind. And then an order will be stuck at the harbor when there’s a Longshoreman Strike. And you’ll miss the main selling season. And you’ll be expected to pay for orders that a big store sends back to you. And you’ll wish you licensed your product. Why would you start a business?!”

Or as my wise nephew said, “those who succeed at start-ups, eat nails for breakfast.” I feel like I’m eating my nails for breakfast.


Two Minute Turtle Timer--Takes the Next Step Slowly

Virginia Berman

Two Minute Turtle Timer For Time Outs Too

Two Minute Turtle Timer For Time Outs Too

Invent Boston designed 10 versions of Two Minute Turtle Timer prototypes til we landed on the one that met our needs for design, function and price. We made 1350 Two Minute Turtle Timers. We sold 1200. We’re excited to be coming to the end of the bunch with just 30 left. We’ve done all we can making them by hand. It’s time to find support—investors—to mass produce and overseas.


Thanks to the creative customers of the Turtle Timers we have new interval timer problem solvers—Time-out Turtle, Therapy Turtle, Talking Turtle and Toilet Training Turtle. How about the Four Minute Frog for…hot showers?

Would you like to be a supporter of the original Two Minute Turtle Timer? We would love your support in any form—join our email, ask a local store to carry it, find a local preschool to test it out and help us grow to make daily tasks for parents easier because they are fun for kids! Email and thanks!

Two Minute Turtle Timer Solving Parents' Problems

Virginia Berman

Two Minute Turtle Timer Makes Daily Tasks With Kids More Fun. Great for kids with autism, learning disabilities and any visual thinker.

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