In the 80’s was Rubik’s cube, that impossible 3D physical puzzle for many that ended up in the attic (or the garbage can); In the 90 they alternated the traditional top or its variant of plastic and lights with the yo-yo, which also hit hard during seasons. And in the middle – end of that time the madness was unleashed all over the world with the Tamagotchi. And it is that there must always be something that turns overnight into an entertainment, absurd or not, but entertainment at a global level. And this is the year of Fidget spinner.
Finger spinner, cheap fashion gadget
Remember when we talk about the Fidget Cube, that cube full of switches that serves to relieve stress? As the Finger Spinner is basically a Fidget Cube for adults that uses a much simpler principle. It is a tiny base with internal bearings that fits on the tip of a finger, and a surrounding surface that rotates on it. The mechanics is to give impulse to the rotating part and to hold the Spinner making it roll so that it does not fall and maintain the turn. And now, from this the variations are infinite: There are simple, there are with a central button as a ‘brake’, there are metallic, plastic, LED lights, triangle shaped, ninja stars, the Original rounded … the sky is the limit as to the forms that a Fidget Spinner can adopt.
Converted into a global phenomenon like the Fidget Cube, the original Fidget Spinner originated in the United States and the brand is registered by Brownshop, which sells them on websites like Amazon at $ 7 a unit. But as often happens with these things, the imitations have flooded the Net and the clones have not made them wait, in fact if instead we turn to AliExpress, the ‘Fidget’ or ‘Spinner’ to dry as they call it there – Complaints by Copyright even if the plagiarism is unscrupulous – is sold at half or even less, since for 2.58 € and free shipping we have ours at home.
To relax or to have fun?
His goals beyond turning his finger are not clear, but according to those who registered the mark, “is fun and interesting, also effective to concentrate and especially advised to relax,” recommending them to combat “anxiety, lack of Concentration, autism, leaving bad habits, staying awake, etc … “. In itself, it has not been the adult demographic of the Fidget Cube that has adopted it (at least for the most part), but rather young people between the ages of 11 and 14, who have made it a fixed presence in schools and courtyards.
The positive point? That although some seems a crap, the truth is that makes them forget the smartphone even for a while, and unhook them from the mobile even if it is to hook them to something that is at least healthier even if it is a total lack of transcendence. But hey, did dancing the top or making the swing with the yo-yo were not? Although teachers complain that it is another junk to distract them from class and do not pay attention.
A successful sales
If something has brought with it this new toy is certainly a reef for many. As we read in the Country, Steampunk Spinners is one of those businesses that arose from the growing popularity that the toy began to have since the end of last year, and its founder, Joe Garritano, tells how he started making them to order in October and saw How demand tripled at the end of last January, with adults even asking for spinners of different shapes, materials and even with their engraved name, attending orders from the United States but also from Spain and Latin America.
But this phenomenon is also becoming a nightmare for some, since the spinner is being banned in schools in cities such as New York or Minnesota, since teachers say that children do not use them for the original purpose with which they were invented, But to distract oneself. Their advantage is that when they are so small camouflage them on either side. And the doubt that is now in the air is how long the phenomenon will last, because if something is the Fidget Spinner is that typical entertainment that you use when it is fashionable and then left lying in a drawer until it has a revival.