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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).

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Technology

Technical Specifications

Battery & case

The coin-cell battery lasts approximately 3 years if the Turtle is pressed twice a day.  It is full encased in epoxy so it is safe for children. As a result, unfortunately, the battery cannot be replaced.  The epoxy case is water-resistant, not water proof.  It can be in the shower on a wall not directly under the shower head

LEDs

We use Orange, Red, Green & Yellow LEDs.  Each light represents one part of the mouth, upper left, upper right, lower right, lower left.  We tried a blue LED but it wore out the battery twice as quickly as the other colors.  It was hard to let the blue go but we thought the longer battery life was worth it.

Microchip

The microchip is programmed to blink each light for 30 seconds, the next light blinking faster than the one before, with a final victory lap of all the lights. The starting position is random each time, so your child brushes in a different pattern.  The micro chip is an ATtiny85 and is programmed with Arduino software.