A fidget spinner is a skill toy that consists of a bearing in the center of a multi-lobed flat structure made from metal or plastic designed to spin along its axis with little effort. Being another reincarnation of a gyroscope, fidget spinners come with similar effects enabling a player to pull various tricks and stunts while forces of a gyroscope take hold. A fidget spinner can be balanced on top of fingers, thrown and caught, and so on.
Fidget spinners became popular toys in 2017, although similar devices had already been invented as early as 1993. The toy became popular among schoolchildren and consequently some schools banned the spinners for being a distraction, while other schools allowed the toy to be used discreetly.
The toy has been advertised as helping people who have trouble with focusing or fidgeting by relieving nervous energy or psychological stress. Fidget spinners are toys not unlike yo-yo or other skill toys, designed to spin with little effort.
A basic fidget spinner consists of a two- or three-pronged design with a bearing in its center circular pad.A person holds the center pad while the toy spins.
They are made from various materials including brass, stainless steel, titanium, copper, aluminium, and plastic.The bearings are generally ceramic, metal (stainless steel or chrome), and some are hybrids—such as ceramic balls with stainless races and cages. Each fidget spinner also has two or more weights on the outside that make it spin faster and stay balanced. Bearings can vary to adjust for the design’s spin time, vibration, and noise, causing unique sensory feedback.