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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.

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How can a Two Minute Turtle timer help you to speak?

Virginia Berman

Preparing for a brief Two Minutes takes hours of practice

Preparing for a brief Two Minutes takes hours of practice

How can the Two Minute Turtle help you to speak? 


1) Practicing for a pitch or presentation. Often 2 minutes is enough. Visual cues at each quarter of the talk, helps pace the talk.

2) Facilitating meetings. A visual timer helps the facilitator stick to an agenda while allowing participation. The Two Minute Turtle timer neutralizes the cut-off too so it's not a person but the Turtle telling when it's time. 

3) Learning a new language.   Try talking straight for 2 minutes in that language with someone. 

Why use a Two Minute Turtle when you have a phone or a clock to keep time?

1) It's colors work well for visual learners.

2) It's quick and easy -just a press of a button, no downloading or setting times.

3) It's fun-engaging and playful with the quiet countdown.

4) It works--people respond to the quarterly visual cues and no one has to be the "bad guy" reminding someone their time is up.

Breaking the 2 minutes into 4 even parts helps a speaker to pace herself.  The Two Minute Turtle timer takes the responsibility off of the instructor or facilitator and gives it to the participants-each one is using and following the same colorful lights.   Bring a Two Minute Turtle timer to your next meeting or classroom or pitch to help you pace yourself and engage the group.