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by Mike Masnick


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Awesome Stuff: The Fidget Capsule

from the fidget-fidget-fidget dept

It's been a while since we've done an "Awesome Stuff" post, but we were sent a prototype of a new fidget device called Fidget Capsule and couldn't resist writing it up. You may recall, of course, that "fidget" devices were all the rage for a year or so, starting with the famed "Fidget Cube" and then being overtaken by the "fidget spinner" which was an astoundingly popular fad for a very brief period of time (anyone still use a fidget spinner? I didn't think so.) Of course, that hasn't stopped people from fidgeting. I will admit, without shame, that my desk has probably over a dozen different fidget devices -- as well as magnets and pens and other things that aren't technically designed for fidgeting, but that's exactly how I use them.

 

Even though I'm bizarrely fascinated in all sorts of fidget devices, I wasn't entirely sure if the world needed another one. However, the Fidget Capsule is pretty amazing. As you can see in the video, it's pretty straightforward and simple. Unlike the Fidget Cube, there's just one thing you can do with it: squeeze it. But, it does that very, very well. It's basically silent, and kind of perfect as an idle fidgeting device. I've actually found that many fidget devices are... not that good for fidgeting. You may start playing with it, but if you really need to concentrate on something, the fidgeting stops. If anything, I've found that Fidget Cubes are great for when I'm walking around, but not when I'm working. Fidget keyring chain toys are probably still my overall favorite -- as they're also tiny and easy to just to carry around all the time with you (especially since they're just basically a keyring), but the Fidget Capsule works great at my desk while I'm working or on a phone call.

It feels very solidly built, and I've dropped it a few times and don't see it being damaged at all. It certainly feels like it will last quite a while. The prototype they sent me is the red one, and I now see that they're actually selling them in batches, with each one having a different resistance. The one they sent me apparently has 6 lbs of resistance, which feels pretty good. I have no idea how the other levels would work (they come in 2lbs, 4lbs, 8lbs, and the special hardcore one at 20lbs). If you don't care at all about fidget toys then clearly these won't be for you, but if you're like me and get somewhat obsessive about them, it's pretty cool.

Potential downsides: unlike most other fidget toys, this one is pretty strictly a "desktop" or "tabletop" fidget device. You probably don't want to carry it around with you. It's a bit bulky and pretty heavy (again, solid metal material). It could fit in a pocket, but I don't think it would be particularly comfortable there. It does come with a magnetic display stand which is nice (though it took me nearly a week until I realize I had the display stand upside down -- and it works and looks much better right side up).

The one other potential downside: they really seem to want people to buy a set of either four or five of them in the different resistance levels. They don't really have options to just buy a single one -- other than the hardcore 20lb. one, which is priced so close to the various sets that it almost certainly makes sense to just upgrade to a set. And that will probably price it out of the range of many buyers. It's one thing to spend ~$10 to ~$15 on fidget toys, but this one requires you to spend around $50 or more. Considering you get a set of 4 or 5, the price per capsule could be as low as $9, which is not bad at all. But... you still have to buy all of them to get that kind of pricing and I'd imagine that's probably too much for many people. Still, it's a pretty cool device and is definitely good at what it's designed to do, so if you're obsessed with fidgeting, check it out.


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    Anonymous Coward, 30 Jun 2018 @ 12:26pm

    Formatting error!!!!

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    Anonymous Coward, 30 Jun 2018 @ 1:55pm

    Yes, please fix so we can read the article.

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    Leigh Beadon (profile), 30 Jun 2018 @ 2:21pm

    Whoops, sorry about that folks! Fixed now!

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    David, 30 Jun 2018 @ 3:27pm

    You know...

    When I went climbing in Meteora in Greece about 2 decades ago (the camping place had an Internet terminal that may already have been running off ISDN but they let me plug my Ether into their modem instead which allowed me to use my Linux-based tools), I said about 2 decades ago (hrmf), every other guy sitting at some bar or whatever was slinging some rosary-like thing with a cord and a few beads around.

    And they probably had been doing that for decades if not centuries before.

    So again leading before what I hesitate to call culture elsewhere.

    I'd be surprised if they ever stopped. I could imagine that stuff like fidget spanners had a hard time getting into this market already inundated with much cheaper devices.

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    OldMugwump (profile), 1 Jul 2018 @ 11:14am

    It's....a spring?

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    Canuck, 1 Jul 2018 @ 10:03pm

    Is that a fidget capsule in your pocket?

    Or are you just happy to see me?

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      Rekrul, 2 Jul 2018 @ 12:49pm

      Re: Is that a fidget capsule in your pocket?

      The woman in the video seemed awfully happy about it... ;)

      I'm not sure about the device, but I watched the video just for her.

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