The tidal wave of fidget spinner mania may have washed away, but Japanese engineers believe they may have found a way to make the toy of the summer relevant again. NSK Micro Precision has created what is being called “the Rolls Royce of fidget spinners.” What the hell does that even mean? Well, confusing nicknames aside, NSK has developed a fidget spinner that can keep on spinning for up to 12 minutes without stopping.
“We’re confident that ours is the longest spinner around,” said Toshikazu Ishii, president of NSK Micro Precision. There is no reason to think Ishii is wrong to say this. Most fidget spinners will spin on their own for about a minute at most, so for NSK to develop a spinner that can keep going for well over 10 minutes is a pretty remarkable development for the toy.
The secret to this super spinner’s success? According to its creators, the spinner has a special ball bearing at its center helps with its effortless, continuous spinning. NSK decided to utilize the company’s bearings, which they use in space satellites and computer disks.
This is a pretty shrewd PR tactic by NSK Micro Precision, as they have found a way to use one popular toys in recent memory as a way to demonstrate precision machinery in an accessible and understandable way. Ishii even stated that he hopes this ultimate spinner will generate interest in ball bearings, which tend to get overlooked.
Of course, since these infinity spinners are so impressive, they cost a bit more than your average spinner. The asking price is 17,280 yen, which is about $157. And if that’s still not enough of a fidget spinning statement maker, you could always drop $750 on a Tungsten spinner made by a weapon’s manufactuer.