Fidget toys are the latest thing everyone wants. The Fidget Cube and its knock-offs took the world by storm, and the spinners weren’t far behind. I had tried some fidget spinners before, and was a bit underwhelmed by them, but I’m a complete convert now that I’ve tried out the Revo “Exotic” Fidget Spinners.
My fidget toy of choice used to be a pen. For something like 30 years, I’ve been twirling and flipping a pen in my right hand to keep myself focused. It can be hard to teach a middle-aged human new tricks, but a few days of playing with the Revo spinners had me hooked. They’re just satisfying; they feel good as I give them a start and hold them in my hand, turning them slightly so I can feel the centrifugal force generated by the spin. I couldn’t tell you exactly why I like them, but then I couldn’t really tell you why I like pen-twirling, either.
The spinners offer one huge benefit over pen-twirling, at least for me: I can use them in either hand; with pen-twirling, my (dominant) right hand is the only choice. This doesn’t mean I’m not going to twirl pens any more, but it’s really nice to have something I can do at the same time as using a mouse.
The Revo “Exotic” Fidget Spinners Kickstarter campaign has just under two weeks left to go, and it’s about 80% funded. There are four different kinds: regular (which just spins and looks cool); color-changing; glow-in-the-dark; and carbon fiber. I’ve tried out the gray color-changing and the glow-in-the-dark ones, and now I wouldn’t go to work without one in my bag. They both spin for about a good minute if given a good start and not interfered with. You can also get keychain clips for the spinners to make it even easier to carry them around.
The Kickstarter backer tiers (that get you a spinner) start at $25 (Canadian; about $19 USD), which is a lot cheaper than many I’ve seen online. (The Revo folks are also trying to set a new world record for largest spinner, and you can contribute to that effort as well.) I should add that my teenage kids love the spinners, too, and my son (who has ADHD and fidgets a lot) glommed onto them to the point where I backed the Kickstarter to get one for him. The campaign will end on April 17, so don’t wait too long.
Note: I received review samples of the Revo spinners. All opinions expressed here are my own.