The world has a new obsession, maybe bigger than the Yo-Yo, the Rubix Cube, and the Frisbee combined. I’m sure you have heard of it, seen it, or may even own one. I’m talking about the fidget spinner, also known as a finger spinner. Fidget/finger spinners are increasingly being recognized as simple, low-cost anxiety and stress reduction tools. These gadgets also help those experiencing symptoms of ADD, ADHD, autism, smoking, nail biting, fidgeting, and other tendencies that develop into habits. These little swirling doodads provide an unobtrusive outlet, self-restriction, and energy release. EDC (everyday carry) spinners may also help increase calm, focus, and attention I use mine at work all the time.
So how do they work? Super super easy! You spin them round and round in your hands, holding them by either the center or the spoke. They’re simple to use, but the perfect diversion for overactive fingers and minds. They spin anywhere from 1-5 mins depending on the setup and material used. The heart of the fidget spinner is a skateboard ball bearing. You need to procure one or more and insert it into the center of the spinner before it can function properly. The better quality the bearings, the longer and smoother the spin times. There are a few versions that use 14mm nuts on the ends instead of bearings that provide a nice weight balance.
Let’s take a look at some variations of the fidget spinner.
*Note these can also be made right at home if you have a 3D printer
Types of Fidget/Finger Spinners
The many types and models of EDC fidget spinners. Models can range from under $10 to hundreds of dollars. Some are specifically designed to aid sufferers of autism, ADD or ADHD, while others are designed just for fun or to help break bad habits.
The Dual Bar Fidget Spinner
The dual bar fidget spinner is very simple and compact. It serves as an excellent ADHD entry level fidget device, as well as one for those just beginning to learn about fidget toys. Dual bar spinners are EDC designs and are generally compact enough to fit in a pocket and take anywhere.
Dual bar fidget spinners have traditionally been made of fiberglass, wood, and plastics. Today manufacturers use 3D printing to make spinner designs and products.
The bearings of dual bar fidget spinners make them spin. Some of the highest quality ABEC-7 bearings are used. Typically, three bearings inside a piece of plastic or wood allow the user to spin the device multiple ways.
The Tri-Bar ADD Fidget Spinner
The tri-bar fidget spinner is an upgrade version of the dual-bar spinner and most common. The tri-bar spinner may be manipulated in a variety of ways. This adds an extra level of soothing movement for the user. Adults with ADD or ADHD tend to prefer this tri-bar spinner configuration that allows them to have a sense of constant motion. As a result, the spinner’s movement helps them relax and keep their concentration. The tri-bar fidget spinner is an improvement over medications that can have harmful side effects.
Quad Bar Fidget Spinner
The quad bar fidget spinner offers four different ways to manipulate the spinner. It adds yet another level of entertainment to what the dual-bar and tri-bar setups offer. The quad bar spinner’s quality will depend on the materials used to construct it. However, this fidget spinner typically includes the highest quality bearings and is often made from 3D printing materials or wood. The quad bar fidget spinner is the best choice for those that experience major fidgeting or a higher degree of ADD.
Custom and DIY Fidget Spinners
Custom and DIY fidget spinners offer a viable option to those that want a fidget spinner but are on a budget. Many folks have produced their own DIY fidget spinner and toy designs. Custom and DIY fidget spinner designs may be constructed from wood, plastic, copper, carbon fiber, brass, steel, etc. DYI and/or custom fidget spinners and their designs may be as simple as dual bar designs or as complex as quad bar designs. They may be plain or outstandingly ornate.
Here is what to consider when buying a spinner.
Bearings would be the priority I would say because this is the main factor that determines how long and how noise the spinner will make. Most fidget spinners come with standard bearings such as those found in skateboards or roller blades.
So for longer, smoother spin times, it is suggested to source ceramic bearings rather than metal ones.
Materials and Design would be the next factor. ABS plastic is the most common plastic used for most fidget spinners. Since it is an excellent material for making EDC fidget spinners manufacturers can make different shapes and the spinners are still strong and resilient. Many of the custom and DIY fidget spinners are made from other materials such as carbon fiber, wood, copper, brass, steel, as well as plastic, and other materials. In choosing a material and design keep in mind weight and shape.
I have found the fidget spinner to be soothing, relaxing, and just a fun device to keep in my hand, pocket and laptop bag. I spin this thing while watching TV, having dinner(not wife approved), and at my desk. Many people have found fidget spinners help them stop habits that annoy themselves as well as others. Fidget spinner toys and other EDC (everyday carry) items are designed to distract or occupy the mind, preventing fidgeting and/or maladies such as ADD, ADHD, smoking, nail biting, pencil tapping. I have a tri-bar.
So go and find one that best suits your needs. In my opinion, BlackCatGadgets Shop has the best selection covering different materials, different bearings, and different styles. Hey if all else fails DIY. 3D printers are great for these type of creations.