Video: With millions of them churned out at the height of spinner-mania, fidget spinners are going to be around for a long time after the fad has faded, whether you like it or not. So it's good to see people finding alternate uses for the novelty widgets, such as building complex Rube Goldberg machines that end with a fitting demise for the spinning nuisances.
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Video: Just when you thought that the fidget spinner fad had gone the way of the dodo bird, hoverboards and 3D TVs, MinebeaMitsumi Inc., a Japanese company known for manufacturing electronic components, and Mitsubishi used 50 engineers to design and build a near-flawless fidget spinner over a six-month period that eventually set a new Guinness World Record.
2017 was poised to be one of the most disappointing years in history, filled with a non-stop barrage of depressing developments and defeats. But then, with a last-minute, game-winning buzzer-beater, a company called Hammer revealed a series of replaceable fidget spinner key caps for your keyboard and partially redeemed 2017.
After transitioning from an obscure curiosity to a ubiquitous annoyance in record time, fidget spinners finally completed the 21st century novelty toy cycle this month, becoming something that could potentially burn down your house. According to local news reports, at least two Bluetooth-enabled spinners have now burst into flames while charging, may God have mercy on us all.
The fidget spinner is a global phenomenon that has inspired thinkpieces about cultural anxiety, the changing retail landscape and above all, whether or not it should be allowed in the classroom. Many teachers have embraced the toy as a tool for kids with attention problems but we have some bad news: They're evolving.
Video: Thanks to Jonathan Odom, a clever designer and builder who's created everything from animatronics for films to museum exhibits, the fidget spinner has just taken a giant leap forward. Odom created One Spinner To Rule Them All: One with an animated cat video that comes to life when you flick it.
Video: Despite the internet already being oversaturated with fidget spinner content, YouTube's A Pyro Design has come up with a unique use for the fad toys. He turned a fidget spinner into a handheld zoetrope that brings Super Mario to life using three simple frames of animation.
Fidget spinners are taking the country by storm, as the Tamagotchi and yo-yo did before them. Unlike those other examples, spinners aren't necessarily toys, but rather concentration tools for distracted or hyperactive kids. They're being banned from schools all the same. In New York, you can grab one at pretty much any convenience store and twirl to your heart's content. If you can't grab one, we'll, there's an app.
Like lawn darts, nano-magnets and slap bracelets, fidget spinners are only one stupid stunt away from becoming yet another forgotten fad. And as usual, instead of enjoying them responsibly, the internet is hard at work trying to find ways to make spinners as dangerous as playing with firecrackers. This is why we can't have fun things.
We all fidget. We swing our headphones, we peel twigs and tear cardboard coasters, we flip pens around our thumbs and split the ends of our hair. Do we really need to explain, rationalize and lend science to the newest fidget toy?
Fidget spinners are in short supply around Australia thanks to the craze. Some schools have banned them. But kids -- and adults -- love them. Here's why.