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22days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, August 12 2019 8:31 PM UTC +00:00.

About

The Lumino Visual Timer is the patent-pending tech tool that makes communicating time expectations with kids a breeze. It makes it easy for kids to understand when changes are coming, so that they can transition through their day calmly and independently.

Many teachers rely on timers to add structure to the daily routines of their classrooms.

However, the timers they use can have a negative effect on learners. Traditional timers are noisy, which disrupts the learning environment. 

Even worse, these timers don't communicate how much time has passed or how much is remaining. They don't give kids any way to anticipate the coming change. This leads to frustration, problems with self-regulation, tantrums, and other negative classroom behaviors.

We knew there had to be a way to keep the structure timers provided, but communicate it in a way that learners of all ages and abilities could understand. 

Using the Lumino is easy. Enter the amount of time you want to count down, and press the middle button to go.

The Lumino displays the passage of time visually, through its glowing LED ring. It gradually recedes around the edge, while changing from green, to yellow, to red.

When the last red dot disappears, a bright animation and the words "ALL DONE" inform learners that time is up.

The Lumino simultaneously displays both the time elapsed, and the time remaining. It does so in a way that is intuitive for kids to understand, especially those who haven’t learned to read a clock or recognize numbers. This leads to:

The Lumino also helps students build valuable self-regulation skills. Since it communicates how much time they have left in an activity, they no longer need to stress about when a transition is coming, making them emotionally and cognitively available to focus on the activity at hand.



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"I love using these abilio learning visual timers in my classroom and my students love them even more! The colors are so fun for the kids and also make for great visual cues! The timer starts red and transitions to green as the time decreases. My students find any excuse they can to use the “light up timer"!"

- Chelsea M. Special Education Teacher


Here are just a few of the places we use the Lumino to add structure to a child’s day:

Using the Lumino in these situations gives kids a clear understanding of how long they will continue with the current activity. For example, you can use the Lumino to let your child know when it is time to clean up after a favorite activity. In this way, the Lumino can become a highly effective behavior management and self-regulation tool.

 NOTE: The Lumino as seen in pictures and video is a 3D printed prototype. Fulfilled backer rewards will be professionally injection molded for a smooth, glossy plastic finish.


Want to support local schools and districts in a bigger way? Pledges made without selecting a reward will be pooled together and used to donate additional Lumino Visual Timers to high need schools.

About our shirt: We are working together with a local screen printing business that provides a structured work environment for individuals with disabilities after they transition out of their school programs. Backers who choose the T-shirt will not only be helping the Lumino Visual Timer come to life, but also supporting adults with disabilities in their workplace.

We are committed to improving the every day experience of kids, parents, and teachers everywhere. We've started by creating educational resources and instructional technology solutions in our basement, building devices by hand and with our trusty 3D printer.

Now it’s time to do more. We’ve built a timer that is changing the way teachers around the country are running their classroom, and now is your chance to help us reshape the way kids keep track of time and successfully manage transitions.


We’re teachers, but at our core we’re also makers. We grew up with a love for DIY projects and taking care of problems ourselves. When we got started on the Lumino, we had a lot of different ideas. 

Original design of the Lumino Visual Timer
Original design of the Lumino Visual Timer

We were able to make and test lots of changes by 3D printing our own prototypes and hand-building the circuit boards to go inside.

Prototypes and re-designs throughout the development process
Prototypes and re-designs throughout the development process

We worked closely with pioneering educators around the United States to validate the concept and use it in their classrooms. If you’re interested in more details about the development process of the Lumino, check out our blog post about it here

We have spent countless hours to develop, test, and refine the Lumino to be perfect for classrooms and homes everywhere.

While we loved 3D printing them and hand soldering the boards, now it is time to scale up to reach as many learners as possible. We need your help to raise money for the initial production run of Lumino visual timers. The money raised through this Kickstarter campaign will be used for the following purposes:

We have already begun assembling a team of highly qualified partners for the manufacturing and fulfillment aspects of a full production run. 

Creating classroom technology is a passion for both of us at Abilio Learning. The Lumino Visual Timer was built with the classroom in mind, and by backing this campaign you are enabling us to help learners around the country. Thank you for your support.

Parker and Keaton Duwelius

Abilio Learning

Risks and challenges

We have done everything in our power to get ready for manufacturing, but there are still a few risks ahead. Our primary challenge to overcome is handling assembly at scale, and we are already working to source a reliable partner. Another potential challenge is fulfillment (actually sending you your timer in the mail!) but we are working hard to make sure that your timer comes to make an impact on your classroom as soon as possible.

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    Thank you for your support! Your contribution will pool with other $2 backers to donate 1 Lumino for every $30 to a high-need classroom. As an added bonus, your name will be displayed on a Lumino in a video thanking all of our backers, uploaded in August.

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    Don't have a classroom? Want to help kids in high-need classrooms? A pledge of $35 will see a Lumino Visual Timer donated on your behalf. Make a positive impact on a learner's life by giving the gift of time. Thank you for joining our journey and helping a learner through backing the Lumino Visual Timer.

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    We loved hand building the Lumino, and if you're into electronics, you will too! Get a kit, including all of the necessary components to hand-build your Lumino! Includes detailed assembly instructions and makes for an excellent STEM engineering activity!

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    Got several learners that rely on visual cues? Provide ease of mind and independence to individual students by purchasing a 5 pack of Lumino timers. Team up with some teacher friends and outfit your classrooms as a group! This option is also great for ABA and OT practices!

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    Stock your retail location or multiple classrooms with 10 Lumino Visual Timers. Partner up with another teacher at your school and outfit both classrooms at an even lower price! After crowdfunding, the Lumino will sell at retail for $30, so get your bulk pack at the low crowdfunding price!

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    Stock your educational retail location with 25 Lumino Visual Timers. Sell the timer that is already taking classrooms in the US by storm by getting them at a wholesale price, and be among the first retailers to have the "game-changing" Lumino on your shelves. After crowdfunding, the Lumino will sell at retail for $30, so get your bulk pack at the low crowdfunding price!

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    Stock your educational retail location with 50 Lumino Visual Timers. Sell the timer that is already taking classrooms in the US by storm by getting them at a wholesale price, and be among the first retailers to have the "game-changing" Lumino on your shelves. After crowdfunding, the Lumino will sell at retail for $30, so get your bulk pack at the low crowdfunding price!

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    Get your Lumino at the lowest ever price! Limited to only the first 20 backers. Thank you for being one of the first to back the Lumino!

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