Ja­pan gives world-beat­ing fid­get spin­ner a whirl

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

One com­pany in per­fec­tion­ism-ob­sessed Ja­pan is claim­ing it 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. But a sub­sidiary of pre­ci­sion ma­chin­ery maker NSK set its sights on uti­liz­ing the com­pany’s ball bear­ings, used in space satel­lites and com­puter disks, to make the Rolls Royce of fid­get spin­ners.

The gad­get-billed as a stress re­liever but banned in some schools as a dis­trac­tion­has a ball bear­ing in the centre and is de­signed to ef­fort­lessly spin with the flick of a fin­ger. “We’re con­fi­dent that ours is the longest spin­ner around,” said Toshikazu Ishii, pres­i­dent of NSK Mi­cro Pre­ci­sion. Put to the test in­side AFP’s Tokyo bureau, the com­pany’s wheel-shaped Saturn Spin­ner whirled for 13 min­utes and 35 sec­ond­salthough it took a few tries.

The se­cret is all in the de­sign, Ishii says. The gad­get, built at a pris­tine fac­tory near Tokyo, has a heavy brass frame and a light alu­minum ball bear­ing to in­crease cen­trifu­gal force. But they don’t come cheap at 17,280 yen ($157) apiece, mak­ing them the pre­serve of only the most ea­ger and cashrich fid­geters.

Most spin­ners cost around $12 or less. Ishii hopes the pricey gad­get will stim­u­late in­ter­est in the of­ten over­looked world of ball bear­ings.”Hun­dreds of bear­ings are found in prod­ucts all around us, but most peo­ple don’t see them or pay much at­ten­tion to them,” he said.—AFP

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