The Fidget Revolution Rolls On
The fidget spinner took the world by storm but a new fidget toy is in town and challenging the spinner for its powers of spinning addiction.
The fidget roller has just been released and like the spinner its goal is to help stop anxiety and support concentration. Originally designed to help those with autistic conditions the range of fidget toys has been scientifically proven to help a whole range of people with stress and even to improve blood flow and the healthiness of your heart.
According to a new study mild toe tapping and thumb twiddling can dramatically reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. A research team at the University of Missouri believe that these fidget gadgets could be the answer to boosting heart health in an age where millions of people spend a large amount of time sat at an office desk.
The original fidget toy was something called the Fidget Cube and was the brain child of Matthew and Mark McLachlan. They invented the product to change the way society views ‘fidgeters’. In their Kickstarter campaign the brothers say, “It is not uncommon to here fidgeting being spoken about negatively. It is often labelled as unprofessional and deemed as anti-intellectual behaviour.” Some experts believe we fidget as a way to distract parts of our brain that may become bored while we are working and enabling other areas of the brain to fully focus on the task at hand.
The roller is a small, barrel shaped toy that can be used to roll around on a table by just flicking it upside down. It can also be used in a group, commonly people will try and see how long they can keep it rolling. It was made to a simple design but has many possibilities of games to play with it.
The fidget rollers are based from a Japanese desk toy called Kururin; it was traditionally made from wood.
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