Spinner is a toy against stress which has flooded the streets and networks this spring. Let’s find out when spinners appeared and who made them. A classical fidget spinner is a device made of three rings and a pillow block, which allows spinning it around its axle. A user needs to hold it with fingers and to spin the outward part of the toy. Spinners are made from stainless steel, titan, copper or plastic. Most of them can be spanned without stops for one-two minutes.
When did spinner appear?
According to some mass media, a 65-year-old alumna of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Catherine Hettinger was the author of the spinners. Her daughter suffered from myasthenia gravis, a long-term neuramuscular disease. Catherine couldn’t play with her daughter, that’s why she made a toy for her from the nearby objects like newspaper and tape. That happened in the 1990s.
On the 28th of May Catherine took out a patent for a round device from a monolith plastic which could be spanned and sent the concept to toys producers, though they refused. In 1997 the inventor got the patent and started producing and selling her goods herself.
In 2005 the patent was about to be expired, but Hettinger couldn’t pay 400 dollars. Currently, the inventor is carrying on a campaign on Kickstarter to raise money on creation of original spinners according to the 20-yearl-old concept.
At the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017, spinners became extremely popular. In the USA an app that imitates spinners got the first place in the top of App Store. Now fidget spinners are promoted as a means for people helping feeling depressed, nervous, or have problems with attention concentration.