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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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Designing to add whimsy to the every day at home from experience.  First product? A visual timer, Two Minute Turtle.

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. 

Which Toothbrush Timer is Right for Your Child?

Virginia Berman

Which Toothbrush Timer is best for your family? We tested many for our family and in response, after too many cavities, we created a toothbrush timer that works for our family and hundreds of others.

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