A Japanese company has developed a fidget spinner that whirls longer than any rival on the market — 12 minutes and counting.
Most fidget spinners, the must-have toy for 2017, can only rotate on their own for a few minutes at most. The gadget has a ball bearing in the centre and is designed to effortlessly spin with the flick of a finger.
Put to the test the company’s wheel-shaped Saturn Spinner whirled for 13 minutes and 35 seconds — although it took a few tries.
The secret is all in the design. The gadget, built at a pristine factory near Tokyo, has a heavy brass frame and a light aluminium ball bearing to increase centrifugal force.
But they don’t come cheap at 17,280 yen ($300 NZD) apiece, making them the preserve of only the most eager and cash-rich fidgeters. Most spinners cost around $12 or less.
The company that designed the fidget spinner should be good at this. Their ball bearings are used in space satellites and computer disks.