Stressing the Point
Stress toys come in various shapes but have one thing in common - they are designed to occupy fidgeting hands along with relieving the stress. Generally, the hand spinners feature a ball bearing with several rings or heads on the sides. While holding the bearing in the center with your fingers, you just strike the sides to send it spinning. This provides a calming sensory effect by engaging fine motor skills and tactile feelings. Such a toy can help you remove the anxiety, get rid of bad habits, or just keep your fingers busy.
Although the hand spinner toys were introduced many years ago, many inexpensive models lack refinement one way or another. For example, cheap bearings or unbalanced weight will make the movements halt faster. Others may produce a buzzing noise that may annoy or distract other people in the room. With that in mind, the iSpin authors from the Feelingtech company started the IndieGoGo project to bring an affordable, yet quality spinner into life.
iSpin Me Around
The iSpin is a CNC-machined brass hand spinner with stainless steel R188 bearing. It also has 6 detachable heads with colorful 3D-printed O-rings. You can attach a different number of heads to the base with the bearing in order to find the optimal balance for you and your fingers. The authors state that each and every part will feature high-quality materials and be very easy to switch in case you somehow have broken something. This includes the bearing as well. The toy will be shipped inside a lightweight metal container with the lid, similar to the one used for the neo cube.
But the real catch is the price. While the high-quality spinners can cost up to $50-80 for a single toy, the iSpin will be available for only $10-20.
Catch a Glimpse
Thanks to the high-precision CNC machining, with enough strike power, the iSpin bearing will be spinning quietly for several minutes till its movement comes to the end. At the same time, the bright O-rings on the heads will create an eye-catching hypnotizing visual effect.
The middle section has smooth caps on both sides for easy holding with the fingers. To bring even more interaction, you can try to learn a few tricks with this toy. Like throwing it up in the air and catching back with another finger without breaking the momentum.
Stretching All Borders
As of this moment, the IndieGoGo campaign has overreached its fixed goal of $10,000 almost 10 times over. What's more, because the project has already collected more than $50,000, every backer will get a spare bearing along with their iSpin copy. Furthermore, if the campaign gathers $200,000 or more, the backers will additionally receive a Tri-Spinner toy too. As the pledging option is still open, you can join the campaign to get your own iSpin Spinner.