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128 Birch Street
Boston, MA, 02131
United States

(617) 390-4076

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).

About Two Minute Turtle

Parents designing beautiful and effecitve products to bring joy into every day tasks. Two Minutes sounds short but two minute, 2 times a day, every day adds up.  With the Two Minute Turtle, kids take ownership of their new habits--one less reminder. Kids learn to do tasks in 2 minutes, 2 times a day, every day and that's 97.5 hours a year.

Our Work

Imagine brushing teeth with a 4-year-old at bed time when you and your child are tired and it's not easy for either of you. Can an invention add moments of grace to our tiresome daily routines? Can a simple tool slow down our hectic rituals of work and child rearing? The answer is yes. We apply scientific principles to solve daily problems and reduce the friction and even add enjoyment to daily tasks.  The inspiration for Invent Boston's simple gadgets arose out of our family's day to day life in an urban home. Do you have trouble getting your child to brush their teeth each night, go to bed on time, or wake up early enough in the morning? Could two minute tasks be more fun? How can a strategically placed timer help?  Sign up to receive periodic updates on our work.

Why did we start with toothbrushing?

When our daughter went to one of her first dentist appointments the dentist told us she had 9 cavities.  Yikes!  Toothbrushing for children is a gateway healthy habit.  

At the end of a day,  children and parents are their tired. And as children assert their independence, parents want things done and quickly but children want to brush their own teeth.  Those 2 minutes are longer than most of us realize!  We need our children to become independent and reliable tooth brushers.  This Two Minute Turtle toothbrushing timer helped our children focus so they more quickly could brush without reminders and stay on task. With our toothbrushing timer, our children grew independent and enjoyed watching the blinking lights and brushing thoroughly on their own.

Our News

After 20 years sourcing fair trade, organic, coffee, tea and chocolate from small farmer cooperatives from around the world, we are taking what we learned from raising a family, commuting, working and addressing a different gap, the ones we find at home right here in working America. Our poverty is of time and attention raising children today. The daily require focus, energy, time and someone creative managing all that. Invent Boston is for people who seek more whimsy in the steadiness of daily tasks. Invent Boston helps to use our experiences of squeezed time, rushed commutes, stretched attention spans to listen to our hearts and the laws of nature and take what’s been at our door and in our homes and share it with you.  All you need is you!  

Our Shop

We are making prototypes in our house, basement and in our garden. We are testing tools in our home and with you, people who might like to try these toys, people who want parenting to go more smoothly. How to get children to brush teeth for the full 2 minutes at the end of the day when child and parent are tired? Who knows what 2 minutes looks like anyway? Let's see! How to use a sundial that tells time exactly where I am? We have fun with science to help solve the daily problems around our home and enjoy every day. 

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