You’ve probably never heard of NSK Micro Precision Co., Ltd; not unless you’re an avid aficionado of precision bearings. The Japanese company has developed a fidget spinner that spins for a whopping 12 minutes or more using smoothly rotating precision bearings developed for PC hard disk drives. Christened the “Saturn Spinner”, it was exhibited at the International Tokyo Toy Show 2017 which took place in June. The longest spinning fidget spinner in the world doesn’t come cheap; it comes with a S$215 price tag.
"We're confident that ours is the longest spinner around," said Toshikazu Ishii, president of NSK Micro Precision.
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For those who may not know what a fidget spinner is (shame on you), it is a simple toy that you spin while holding the central area between two fingers. Whether they’re a passing fad or not, fidget spinners have enjoyed a boom in Europe and the US, and are more recently also becoming popular in Japan.
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For those of you who are interested to know how the Saturn Spinner manages to outperform all other spinners on the market: the bearing that makes this fidget spinner spin uses the small, extremely high-precision balls used for the spinning element in hard disk drives, in which smooth spinning is essential. Centrifugal force is enhanced by placing a brass ring on the outside of the fidget spinner, achieving spin durations of twelve minutes or more. Bearings attached to the outside of the brass ring add another entirely new dimension of play by spinning the outer bearings. If you've got the patience check out the video at the bottom where the Saturn Spinner spins for a full 15 minutes!
“As far as I know, the spinning time of commercial fidget spinners is eight minutes at best, but this spinner keeps going for an unprecedented twelve minutes. Enjoy the ultimate spin with this product that leverages the spinning performance of bearings to the maximum.” said Takahiko Hasegawa, former yo-yo world champion and owner of the Spin Gear yo-yo shop.
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