Click and Spin
My son announced this morning he wants to “get spun” before school next week. I was instantly concerned.
More on that in a minute.
A while back two brothers named Matthew and Mark McLaughlan started a Kickstarter campaign hoping to raise a mere $15,000 to solve a case of the fidgets. Apparently, their hope hit people right where it mattered because not only was their campaign successful, it became the 10th most funded project ever on the site, to the tune of $6,465,690 from some 154, 926 backers.
Take a minute to digest that thought. These guys raised close to 6.5 million dollars so other people could click, glide, flip, breathe, roll and spin to their heart’s content. Perhaps I need to reconsider my life goals.
Seemingly, their idea was to find an upgrade to those squeezy, gooey, stress balls of which no one knows the actual contents, and to create something lighter, faster, and even more durable. This little gadget is harmless and safe in any pocket you may have brought with you and, according to Matthew and Mark, will instantly help manage a case of the fidgets. Our friends at Wikipedia took this angle:
The Fidget Cube is a small handheld device designed by Antsy Labs. It has sensory tools on all sides: an on/off-style switch, gears, a rolling ball, a small joystick, a spinning disc, a rubbing pad, and depressible buttons. The cube is intended to provide a discreet way to occupy one’s hands and other senses, particularly for self-soothing.
A spin-off (pun fully intended) of the McLaughlan masterpiece has been the re-emergence of the Fidget Spinner, which in it’s own right, has achieved curious popularity. The spinner, which is what my son was referring to, has also received mixed reviews. Everything from relieving stress and assisting with concentration to classroom disruptions and choking hazards.
Whether or not these nifty little gadgets actually help or hurt concentration remains to be seen. To be honest, the craze is lost on me, which according to a recent CNN article, is right where the spinners want me.
Keeping an open mind to it all, though, I did my due diligence in considering all angles of this fascination. In doing so, I found an interesting perspective written by an adult who reports being diagnosed with Aspberger’s Syndrome at 18 years of age who reflects on both how these gadgets may have helped him as a child, and how it helps him manage his stimming as an adult. It’s unclear if his perspective is unique, or if it is shared by many others who work so hard to manage the same circumstances, but I’m all in favor of finding another 6.5 millions dollars to find out.
Read more on his perspective here.