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128 Birch Street
Boston, MA, 02131
United States

(617) 390-4076

Invent Boston designs and develops products for families to add science + whimsy to the every day tasks.   Our first product is a visual timer, a Two Minute Turtle, to help children focus when they brush teeth, evenly and for two minutes.

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Two Minute Turtle

each light blinks for 30 seconds, one at a time 

each light blinks for 30 seconds, one at a time 

This Two Minute Turtle teaches children mindful toothbrushing.  The two minute turtle shows children where to brush and for how long.  The 4 timed LED lights get your child (and you too!) to brush teeth for a full 2 minutes effortlessly.  

 

My kids used multiple sand timers—they either broke or we lost them.

I googled and found the Two Minute Turtle. My kids received the Turtle Timer and have used it twice a day ever since.

I definitely recommend the Two Minute Turtle to parents.
— Adam L. Frisco TX, father of an infant, 4, 6, 8 year old

This Two Minute Turtle has 4 30 second interval LEDs. Each blinks in the part of circle that corresponds with the zone of the mouth to brush.  The flashing lights keep the child's attention for the full 2 minutes, brushing independently. 

The Two Minute Turtle Timer encourages children to routinely brush their teeth thoroughly and independently.  No worries about privacy.  One less cell phone in the sink!  One less download.

Be an original. In time for the holidays, stocking stuffers! 

My children use the Two Minute Turtle timer regularly. Now we don’t have to remind them to brush. It’s easier for all of us.”
— Andrew, Dad to 10 & 8 year old Roslindale, MA

The Video Shows How the Two Minute Turtle Timer works: 

Uploaded by Virginia Berman on 2017-05-24.
Do I think the Two Minute Turtle is a good product? No. It’s an excellent product! Even using an electric toothbrush, this toothbrush timer gives a helpful visual guide.
— Dr. Patricia Chiu, Orthodontist Bay State Orthodontics
2 minute turtle side view

2 minute turtle side view

What does the Two Minute Turtle timer look like? 

The timer has 4 LED lights (red, orange, green, yellow), one per zone; the first LED, randomly selected, blinks 30 seconds, one pulse per second, then stops and immediately the 2nd LED lights up, blinks, two times per second, for 30 seconds, until all 4 have lit up and stopped. The toothbrush timer includes a coin cell battery encased in epoxy.  The  flat, round ½ inch thick, 2.25 in diameter timer fits into a child's hand. 

cousins on vacation enjoy synchronized toothbrushing

cousins on vacation enjoy synchronized toothbrushing

How to use the Two Minute Turtle timer?

  • Prepare to brush teeth
  • Push button
  • Follow the blinking lights –i.e. upper right light on turtle timer blinks, then brush the upper right zone of the mouth.  1st light blinks for 30 seconds, followed by the 2nd, 3rd, 4th
  • After 2 minutes, all 4 LEDs light up a victory lap, when the child brushes the tongue. 
Two Minute Turtle Timer toothbrush timer

A focused child. A happy mom. A healthy habit formed. 

The Two Minute Turtle is easy. It doesn’t need any sound. The timer makes it more fun to brush my teeth!
— Abby, age 8, Roslindale MA

Who benefits from this timer? 

Children learning how to brush their teeth thoroughly

Visual learners of all ages

Parents who remind their children to brush longer

Pediatric dentists helping parents teach children to brush correctly

Children and Adults who hold poses for yoga or physical therapy

 

We are all enjoying the Two Minute Turtle timer! Our 8 year old uses it to brush teeth each evening and then I do a check. She sticks with it, follows the light prompts, and loves that it’s a turtle.
— Amy, mother of 8 year old, Roslindale MA
The 2 minute timer begins and ends with all 4 lights blinking. It's fun to use in the dark too. 

The 2 minute timer begins and ends with all 4 lights blinking. It's fun to use in the dark too. 

We were able to leave the house TEN MINUTES EARLIER because we didn’t have to do the usual brushing teeth battle thanks to the Two Minute Turtle
— Susan, preschool teacher, mother of 6 year old, Boston

Instructions For Getting Started: 

·         Find a spot on a flat mirror where your child can reach and watch the Two Minute Turtle when brushing teeth.   Wipe the mirror.

·         Stick the VELCRO brand back and front dots to each other. Peel off one side and stick to the back of the Two Minute Turtle.

·        Peel off the other side of the VELCRO brand and stick the Two Minute Turtle timer on the mirror where you want the Timer.

Why did we focus on 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 feel their most tired. And as children assert their independence, parents want things done and quickly but children want to brush their own teeth.  Those 2 minutes is a longer period 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 to focus so they more quickly could brush without reminders and and stay on task. With our toothbrushing timer, our children grew more independent and got used to watching the lights and brushing thoroughly on their own.

The first batch of our hand crafted Turtle Ttimer is ready. We tried epoxy. After testing them over months, we learned epoxy can get into the battery holder and get in the way of the battery.  So with the help of an Electronic Coater expert, we learned how to keep the epoxy out of the batteries.

The first batch of our hand crafted Turtle Ttimer is ready. We tried epoxy. After testing them over months, we learned epoxy can get into the battery holder and get in the way of the battery.  So with the help of an Electronic Coater expert, we learned how to keep the epoxy out of the batteries.

 

How does the Two Minute Timer work?  Our homemade 1st draft video...

I love the Two Minute Turtle timer. After a month using it, it exceeded my expectations. My 4 children are brushing better because of the Turtle Timer!! I’m very pleased with the results.”
— Dr. Ian McLaughlin, McLaughlin Family Dentists
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