Trendy little toys spinning between little fingers is a common sight in schools across the developed world. Since it hit the markets in March, Fidget Spinner – along with its partner, Fidget Cube has captured the imagination and playtime among kids and youth. According to a recent article by CNN, the fidget spinners and fidget cubes held the top 49 of 50 spots in Amazon’s rankings.
They are positioned as a toy that can help kids relieve stress and help with concentration. While there is a divide among practitioners on this claim, some teachers found the toys to be a distraction in the classroom. Many schools across the world have banned or are considering a ban on the toy for its choking hazard or disruptive nature.
Unconfirmed stories of the origins of this infectious toy are also interesting.
Catherine Hettinger, a chemical engineer, was initially credited by some news stories to have been the inventor of the fidget spinner based on her patent filed in 1993 for a spinning device. Her idea for the toy came as she saw young boys throwing rocks at police officers in Israel. In response to that she wanted to develop a soothing toy that could help children release pent-up energy and promote peace.Engineer Scott McCoskery invented a high quality, precision spinning device, termed as the iPhone of desk toys – Torqbar – in 2014. Many thousands of Torqbars, manufactured at his garage workshop, have been sold. He claims that the fidget spinners are actually a flimsy spin off of his Torqbar.
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