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New Fidget Spinners Are Catching On Fire (newsweek.com) 110

An anonymous reader quotes Newsweek's latest story about fidget spinners: In a development that now seems like it was inevitable, the three-pronged toys are starting to catch on fire. Gizmodo on Thursday pointed to two recent instances of Bluetooth-enabled fidget spinners going up in flames while they were charging. In Alabama, a fidget spinner owned by the son of Gardendale woman Kimberly Allums caught fire after being plugged in for less than 45 minutes. In Fenton, Michigan, Michelle Carr said her spinner started smoking after charging for less than half an hour. "He noticed that it burst into flames and he just started screaming," said Allums of her son and his spinner. "I was downstairs and all I heard was 'fire...fire,' and the fidget spinner had literally, It wasn't smoking, It was in flames"... The fidget spinners in question were Bluetooth-enabled so that they could light up and play music as they spun.
Friday CNET ran a column titled "Fidget spinners exploding? Of course they are." It concludes with a warning that "if you choose a powered off-brand tech item, you better pay close attention when you plug it in."
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New Fidget Spinners Are Catching On Fire

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  • by nastyphil ( 111738 ) on Saturday July 01, 2017 @12:45PM (#54725563) Homepage

    It's not a bad thing.

  • by ZippyTheChicken ( 3134311 ) on Saturday July 01, 2017 @12:45PM (#54725569)
    See Atheists there is a God
    • by Z80a ( 971949 )

      Not necessarily the christian god.
      Could for example be the god of destruction (of fidget spinners).

      • Not necessarily the christian god.
        Could for example be the god of destruction (of fidget spinners).

        Shiva has spoken!

        Or something.

    • If defective batteries were proof of God, the question would have been settled with the Galaxy Note 7 last year.

  • by JustNiz ( 692889 ) on Saturday July 01, 2017 @12:52PM (#54725619)

    natural selection

    • Better yet, let's just call it evolution in action. [wikipedia.org]
    • Some of us live in multi-unit housing. At least I'm not in some building like Grenfell Tower. I'm sure I could get out alive if my neighbor starts a fire with their cigarettes, Samsung phone, hoverboard or now fidget spinner but that would still be very inconvenient to say the least.

      • That is one of the reasons why I looking to move to a house rather than the apartment I live in now. I don't trust my neighbors to not be idiots. I'm a board member in our association, and I've seen firsthand how idiotic, short-sighted, ignorant and downright malicious our tenants can be. And since it's a condo, it's extremely hard to throw out the assholes.

  • Paddle Ball
    Fidget Cube
    Worry Stone
    Stress Ball

    are reinvented by some millennial.

    News at 11.
  • They're about three weeks past their shelf life out here in Oregon. Big for a while but now just a passed fad.

  • trump is right we need to make more stuff in the USA.

  • Can someone explain to me why someone would need a Bluetooth enabled fidget spinner?

    • by Calydor ( 739835 ) on Saturday July 01, 2017 @01:20PM (#54725753)

      I am reminded of an old comic strip in which Mickey Mouse on one of his many adventures got tossed into the future, around year 3000 or so. Among other things, exercise bikes now came with an engine so you wouldn't over-exert yourself.

      This is kinda like that.

    • I need to be explained why someone needs a fidget spinner at all.

    • So that they can watch a little numerical counter go up. Visual feedback through the phone.

      Exists, but not a successful product.

    • Summary says it lights up and plays music when you spin it. It must download songs via Bluetooth. Some redneck just needs to glue a boom-box and a flash-light to a lazy Susan. That'll do 'er.

      • by Megane ( 129182 )

        Summary says it lights up and plays music when you spin it.

        Fisher Price had stuff that did that back in the 1980s. It may not have been MP3s, but it was music. And it didn't catch on fire.

    • Well I googled them. They seem to have LED lights and can play music. You don't need a fidget spinner in general so you don't need a Bluetooth fidget spinner. But it's a toy and Bluetooth features could be fun.

    • by PPH ( 736903 )

      Lights and music.

      What I don't understand is: You hand this thing to some Aspie who will be spinning it to save his life. And you can't tap just a tiny bit of that rotational energy off to run the electronics?

    • Apparently it has sensors that detect spin speed, count number of spins and the like. The app allows you to challenge others to - I dunno - see who can spin fastest or something.

      Whether this answers your question or not, I have no idea.
  • Stop Fidgeting !!!

    Like your mother told you.

  • by Trax3001BBS ( 2368736 ) on Saturday July 01, 2017 @01:35PM (#54725825) Homepage Journal

    "As the inventor of the original fidget spinner – the ubiquitous new toy that has quickly become a craze in playgrounds around the world – Catherine Hettinger should be enjoying the high life."

    "Hettinger held the patent on finger spinners for eight years, but surrendered it in 2005 because she could not afford the $400 (£310) renewal fee."
    https://www.theguardian.com/li... [theguardian.com]

    • by Anonymous Coward

      jumping the gun on when to patent it, and when to market it.

      The fact that they became so popular 12 years after it was 'surrendered' and 20 years after it was patented indicates either a failure to market it correctly or a failure to wait to patent it when the market would bear it.

      Either way it would have been out of patent this year so she wouldn't have made back the licensing fees anyway.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      They are a great educational toy - so many things that can be done:

      - How frictionless bearings work
      - Explaining how hard disk drives can spin so fast
      - How ceiling fans are so silent
      - Angular momentum
      - Comparison of different spinners in terms of precision engineering and behavior

      Maybe she should look at making science kits

    • by NoSalt ( 801989 )
      Actually ... Hettinger is not [bloomberg.com] the inventor of the fidget spinner.
  • >"CNET ran a column titled "Fidget spinners exploding? Of course they are."

    Here we go again. Nothing "exploded", it was just a lithium battery catching fire (although it can be violent sometimes). Gotta make it into an attention-grabbing headline, though, as if it were TNT or C4. Anything poorly made/designed (or the product is abused) with a lithium battery inside it can catch fire, unfortunately. And it is most likely to happen when being charged.

    It does make one wonder if we should be charging all

  • Not everything requires batteries, wifi, bluetooth and the like. Simple spinner would not suffer from such problems.

    Just because you can, doesn't mean that you should.

    • by plover ( 150551 )

      Just because you can, doesn't mean that you should.

      You didn't run that idea all the way through the Capitalism 101 grinder: "if people will buy it, and you can make money selling it, sell it!" It's the practical application of the century-old P.T. Barnum quote, "There's a sucker born every minute."

      Anyway, I've learned not to begrudge people for buying or selling useless-to-me items, just because I disapprove of their lack of utility. Why not? Because I'm not in their shoes, and I don't know what motivates them or makes them happy. Besides, I certainly don

  • Do they connect to Alabama's "Internet of Thangs"?

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