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Boston, MA, 02131
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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).

Assembling the Two Minute Turtle Timer

Invent Boston & Two Minute Turtle Timer blog

Invent Boston designs for parents to turn chores to cheer. The first product is the Two Minute Turtle Timer.  The Two Minute Turtle Timer, helps make toothbrushing more fun for kids. Keeping kids healthy takes a village. We share tips and struggles to make the every day parenting with young kids more fun.

Assembling the Two Minute Turtle Timer

Virginia Berman

We have assembled our Two Minute Turtle timer,  exclusive, hand made batches of original design.  What a journey to get to this stage, to a minimum viable product. After testing 10 different versions of prototypes with children brushing their teeth, with parents and pediatric dentists, this Two Minute Turtle is hatching from our basement.

Watch a short video inside the Two Minute Turtle Timer workshop

designed to make toothbrushing fun! 

The Two Minute Turtle is Ready to Serve You

Each part of the Two Minute Turtle has grown and changed:

Energy: from plug in, to triple A to 2 coin cells to 1 coin cell battery.

Circuit board: from rectangle to turtle shaped

LEDs: from large through hole bulging LEDS including 1 blue color to small surface mount LEDs without the blue. We had to lose the blue light because it drained too much of the battery. 

Case: from space ship looking, white 3D printed plastic to encapsulated clear solid and smooth epoxy. Now, each Two Minute Turtle takes 3 separate pours of epoxy and each pour needs 48 hours to dry. 

Color: from white plastic to clear epoxy with color backs- blue or purple, orange or pink.

Adhering to mirror: from sitting on the counter to adhering to mirror with velcro to micro suction tape. 

This evolution have helped us create a minimum viable product.  From the testimonials of our crowdfunding campaign we have seen the Two Minute Turtle is helping families with every day tasks. Our next step is design for manufacturing, assembly from out of our basement to a manufacturing plant.  Each one of you who buys, tries and tests, helps hatch the Two Minute Turtle!   Let us know how it helps you with two minute tasks and how it could work better for you. Thanks.