Fidget Spinners: What They Are, How They Work and Why the Controversy

“Fidget spinners” are small, ball-bearing devices that the user can rotate between his or her fingers. The momentum of the toy provides a pleasing sensory experience, according to user reviews, while the challenge of tossing, transferring and twirling the spinners has spawned an entire universe of instructional.

Many spinners are marketed as aides for individuals with anxiety, autism and ADHD; Cppslee’s spinner marketing patter on Amazon, for example, promises greater concentration for people with those conditions, plus an opportunity to “bring out that creative genius lying deep within you.”

Unsurprisingly, these claims are probably overblown, scientists say.
“Using a spinner-like gadget is more likely to serve as a distraction than a benefit for individuals with ADHD,” said Mark Rapport, a clinical psychologist at the University of Central Florida who has studied the benefits of movement on attention in people with ADHD.


Scientists decided to find out whether there was any basis to these claims made by manufacturers. In a review of relevant literature published July 7, 2017, in the journal Current Opinion in Pediatrics, scientists including Dr. Ruth Milanaik, director of the neonatal follow-up program at Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York, found that no research had specifically focused on the link between these spinners and kids’ attention. Not only that, but there were no peer-reviewed studies at all on fidget spinners, they said. With this lack of research, manufacturers’ claims about the usefulness of fidget spinners are baseless, the authors concluded.

The so-called fidget cube — which is a plastic cube equipped with various buttons and dials for fidgeting hands — may be more classroom friendly, according to a scientist who studies intersection of human computer interaction and games, who pointed out on the website The Conversation that the cube doesn’t require visual attention. “They can serve the same purpose as the spinners, but are more classroom-ready and less distracting,” Katherine Isbister, professor of Computational Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz, wrote on The Conversation.

Regardless of their usefulness in keeping kids’ distracted brains focused, fidget spinners have sparked a conversation about attention spans in kids and how to help the little ones focus, experts told Live Science. For instance, though there isn’t a lot of data supporting the idea that kids have less focus today than in the past, some research does suggest attention spans have decreased as multitasking has increased with the digital age, one expert said. There are various methods for bringing kids’ focus back to the lesson at hand, psychologists say, including fidgeting devices, activity breaks and the simple removal of extra distractions.

A trend erupts :

Fidget spinners emerged this spring, seemingly from out of nowhere, as a must-have gadget. Before December 2016, Google searches for the words “fidget spinner” were basically nonexistent. Now, teachers are posting about their frustrations with spinner-obsessed students on Twitter, and the toys even have their own forum on Reddit.

“I will call you ‘Annoying Spiny Thing’ and you will live in my desk drawer,” Kansas Spanish teacher Amanda Dickey tweeted, punctuating her message with #fidgetspinner and #teacherprobs.

Most of the controversy surrounding fidget spinners has been over schools banning them from classrooms. An elementary school principal in Evanston, Illinois, Kate Ellison, told the Chicago Tribune that the spinners have been a distraction in classrooms in her school, and that children with special needs have other, school-friendly options for fidgeting. Meanwhile, some parents of kids with special needs have hailed the toys’ benefits. One blogger, a parent of an 8-year-old with autism, wrote on that her daughter was thrilled to see her classmates wanting to fidget just like her. School-approved fidget devices mark her daughter as different, wrote Miriam Gwynne, but fidget spinners are simply cool.

“For her, the fidget spinner is not a must-have craze to be like her friends, but more a stress release from the demands placed upon her during her school day — much the same as she uses a stress ball or her twist-and-lock blocks,” Gwynne wrote. “When schools decide to ban sensory and fidget toys, they risk isolating the very children they’ve spent years trying to include.”

The list of schools banning the spinners seems to be growing and now includes schools in Massachusetts, Brooklyn, New York, Florida, Chicago, Illinois, and even across the pond in Manchester, England.

At least one expert is disappointed by the bans. “These little gadgets should be called fidget tools, not toys, and they can be part of a successful strategy for managing fidgety behaviour if they are introduced as a normal part of the classroom culture,” said Claire Heffron, a paediatric occupational therapist in Cleveland, as reported by The Washington Post.

Spinner benefits?

There’s no doubt that toys that allow kids to fidget can benefit kids with autism. Occupational therapists often use sensory toys like tactile discs, Koosh balls and even putties or clays to soothe kids who have sensory-processing issues. Similarly, research has shown that movement can help kids with ADHD to focus. A 2015 study published in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology by Rapport and his colleagues looked at 8- to 12-year-old kids with ADHD. The researchers found that those who participated in gross motor activity — meaning the movement of limbs or large parts of the body — performed better than those who sat still during tasks involving working memory, which is a type of memory used for processing incoming information. Exercise has also been proven to be helpful for kids with ADHD.

But without studies that specifically look at fidget spinners, it’s impossible to say for sure whether the devices could help kids with ADHD, Rapport told Live Science. He conjectured that the little handheld toys are not likely to help much. They don’t require gross body movement, he said, which is what appears to be responsible for increasing activity in the frontal and prefrontal brain areas that are responsible for sustaining attention. The spinners are also visually distracting, and so they could pull a child’s attention away from the chalkboard or teacher, Rapport said.

“Riding a stationary bike while reading, or sitting on a movement ball while working at one’s desk, in contrast, allows small (non-distracting) motor movements and would probably prove beneficial for many children with ADHD,” Rapport wrote in an email to Live Science.

Spinner safety

A bigger concern may be the risk of kids choking on some of the spinner’s small parts. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, is looking into reports of children choking on parts that have popped out of a fidget spinner, said Patty Davis, the CPSC’s acting communications director. And on Aug. 10, 2017, the CPSC released safety guidelines for fidget spinners, warning that the toys could be choking hazards and so kids under 3 should not play with them. The CPSC also said that the toys should not be put in the mouth, regardless of the person’s age.

Here are some tips from the Toy Association for keeping your kids safe while fidget-spinning: Follow age labels; shop at reputable stories (where you’ll find toys that passed U.S. testing); follow tips for light-up spinners (make sure the spinner’s battery is locked in the toy); check for broken parts (which can be a choking hazard).



বিশ্ব কাঁপানো দশ সুন্দরীর কথা

চলতি বছরের সেরা সুন্দরী কারা জানেন? সুন্দরের সংজ্ঞা একেকজনের কাছে একেকরকম৷ তাই তালিকা তৈরি একটু কঠিন৷

1.জেনেফার লোপেজ

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মার্কিন অভিনেত্রী জেনেফার লোপেজকে চেনেন না এমন কাউকে খুঁজে পাওয়া যাবে না৷ তাঁর কদর অনেক৷ ‘আইএমডিবি’ তাঁকে উল্লেখ করেছে ‘আউট অফ সাইট’ এর অভিনেত্রী হিসেবে৷ লোপেজের বয়স এখন ৪৮ বছর৷

2.ক্যান্ডিস সোয়ানপয়েল


মডেল হিসেবে জগৎ জোড়া খ্যাতি তাঁর৷ ভিক্টোরিয়াস সিক্রেট ফ্যাশন শো’র এক পরিচিত মুখ তিনি৷

3.দীপিকা পাডুকোন


বলিউড তারকা দীপিকা পাডুকোনের জন্ম ডেনমার্কের কোপেনহেগেনে৷ তাঁর অভিনীত ‘xXx: Return of Xander Cage’ ছবিটি ব্যাপক সাড়া জাগায়৷

4. গাল গেডোট


ইসরায়েলি অভিনেত্রী এবং মডেল গাল গেডোট রয়েছেন তালিকার ছয় নম্বরে৷ ২০০৪ সালে ‘মিস ইসরায়েল’ খেতাবজয়ী এই সুন্দরী আলোচনায় এসেছেন ‘ফাস্ট এন্ড ফিউরাস ৬’ ছবিতে অভিনয়ের মাধ্যমে৷

5. এমা ওয়াটসন


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6.সেইলিন উডলি


মার্কিন অভিনেত্রী সেইলিন উডলি আছেন তালিকার এক নম্বরে৷ ২৬ বছর বয়সি এই সুন্দরীর উচ্চতা পাঁচ ফুট আট ইঞ্চি৷ তিনি ‘ডি বেস্টিমুং – ডাইভারজেন্ট’ ছবিতে অভিনয় করে আলোড়ন তুলেছেন৷

7. টেইলর সুইফট

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সঙ্গীত তারকা টেইলর সুইফট এখন গোটা বিশ্ব মাতাচ্ছেন তাঁর গান দিয়ে৷ ২০১০ সালে মাত্র ২০ বছর বয়সে ‘গ্র্যামি অ্যাওয়ার্ড’ জয় করে রেকর্ড গড়েছিলেন তিনি৷

8. কেট আপটন


মডেল হিসেবে পরিচিত মুখ কেট আপটন৷ সম্প্রতি ‘গেমস অফ ওয়ার’ এর প্রচারণায় দেখা গেছে তাঁকে৷

9. প্রিয়াঙ্কা চোপড়া


বাংলাদেশ, ভারতে এমন কাউকে পাওয়া যাবে কিনা সন্দেহ যিনি প্রিয়াঙ্কা চোপড়াকে চেনেন না৷ বলিউড এই তারকার নজর এখন পশ্চিমের দিকে৷ সংগীত শিল্পী হিসেবে ইতোমধ্যে তিনি বেশ সুনাম কুড়িয়েছেন যুক্তরাষ্ট্রে৷

10. কবিই সমুল্ডার্স 


জ্যাক্ভা ফ্রান্সিসকা মারিয়া “কোবি” স্মুল্ডারস একটি কানাডিয়ান অভিনেত্রী এবং মডেল। টেলিভিশনের কমেডি সিরিজ হুই আই মেট আপনার মাদার (2005-2014) এবং মার্ভেল সিনেমেটিক ইউনিভার্সে মারিয়া হিল এ রবিন স্ক্যাবার্টস্কির অভিনয়ের জন্য তিনি সেরা পরিচিত।

The first robot declared a citizen of Saudi Arabia : Meet Sophia

Sophia, a smart and outspoken… robot. Saudi Arabia on 25th October made the advanced lifelike humanoid robot a citizen, the first country to grant citizenship to a robot.Sophia Robot, an advanced lifelike humanoid robot, spoke October 25 at a panel on robotics and artificial intelligence at the Future Investment Initiative (FII) conference in Riyadh, shortly before being declared a citizen of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the first country to grant citizenship to a robot.


Sophia was built by Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics Ltd., which says its humanlike robots have remarkable expressiveness, aesthetics, and interactivity.
The announcement was made at the Future Investment Initiative (FII) summit in Riyadh, a major investment conference hosted by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) that aims to highlight the Kingdom’s ambitious Vision 2030 plan for the future.
“We have a little announcement. We just learned, Sophia; I hope you are listening to me, you have been awarded the first Saudi citizenship for a robot,” said panel moderator Andrew Ross Sorkin, Co-anchor of CNBC’s “Squawk Box”.

“Thank you to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I am very honored and proud of this unique distinction,” Sophia told the panel. “It is historic to be the first robot in the world to be recognized with citizenship.”

Sophia ably fielded various questions on robots. When asked about the evil futuristic robots depicted in films like Blade Runner 2049, Sophia said humans have nothing to fear. “You’ve been reading too much Elon Musk and watching too many Hollywood movies,” Sophia jokingly told Sorkin.

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Robotics will be a big feature of NEOM, the $500-billion major industrial and business zone named NEOM to be set up in northwest Saudi Arabia, which was announced on 24th October at FII as a very lucrative investment opportunity under the Kingdom’s ambitious Vision 2030. PIF, Saudi Arabia’s main sovereign wealth fund, is one of the main backers of NEOM.
Sophia Robot was built by Hanson Robotics Ltd., a Hong Kong-based company.



Shah Rukh Khan: The “Baadshah of Bollywood”, or “King of Bollywood”

Happy Birthday King Khan

The man who was born on 2 November 1965 in a Muslim family in New Delhi.Now known as Baadshah of Bollywood.He has appeared in more than 80 Bollywood films and earned numerous accolades, including 14 Filmfare Awards. Khan has a significant following in Asia and the Indian diaspora worldwide. In terms of audience size and income, he has been described as one of the most successful film stars in the world.

I will try to dig out 22 interesting facts about Shah Rukh Khan, who recently completed 25 years in Bollywood.


1.Naam to suna hoga: Shah Rukh is named Rahul in nine of his films, including Dil To Pagal Hai (1997), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001), Chennai Express (2013) etc. He is called Raj in six films including Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman (1992), Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaenge (1995), Chalte Chalte (2003) and Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008).

2.Khauff-nak khan: He played negative roles in six films, namely Darr and Baazigar (1993), Anjaam (1994), Duplicate (1998), Don (2006) and Don 2 (2011).

3.(Im)mortal lover boy: In 16 movies, SRK’s character dies. They are, Baazigar (1993), Darr (1993), Dil Se (1998), Devdas (2002), Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003), Raees (2017) etc, or is reborn — Karan Arjun (1995), Paheli (2005), Ra.One (2011).

4.Big Daddy: He co-produced 14 ­movies, including Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani (2000), Mai Hoon Na (2004), Om Shanti Om (2007), Ra.One (2011) and Chennai Express (2013).

5.One man show: He has had 226 ­nominations across popular Bollywood awards, and has won 207 of them. He won the best actor award 29 times.

6.On the small screen: He has been a part of seven TV shows, including his TV debut, Fauji (1988). He was later seen in Circus(1989), and he also hosted popular quiz shows, Kaun Banega Crorepati (2007), Kya Aap Panchvi Pass Se Tez Hain? (2008) and Zor Ka Jhatka: Total Wipeout (2011).

7.A friend indeed: From Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega (2000), Kuch Meetha Ho Jaye (2005), Heyy Babyy (2007) to Bhoothnath (2008 and 2013), Shah Rukh has done 30 ­cameos. Recently he did cameos on Salman Khan Tubelight(2017).

8.Debut dilemma: His debut film was Dil Aashna Hai, but due to the delay in the release of the film, Deewana is considered to be his debut film.


9.Home, sweet home: One of the reasons why Shah Rukh bought Mannat — his palatial ­bungalow in Juhu, Mumbai, was that he wanted to have a ­exclusive prayer room. He’s been quoted as saying that if he was broke, he would sell everything but Mannat.

10.Southern sojourn: While we all know about Shah Rukh’s love for Delhi, not many know that he spent his childhood in Bangalore, where his grandfather worked as a chief engineer.

11.Love from alma mater: When his college, Hans Raj, ­celebrated its golden jubilee (1998), the college gave away 17 shields to its alumni who had excelled in their lives, and Shah Rukh was one of them.


12.Anything for Yash Chopra: He agreed to act in Aditya Chopra’s(Son of Yash Chopra) debut film, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaenge (1995), ­without even looking at the script.

13.Monumental earning: His first salary was `50 which he earned by working as an usher at a Pankaj Udhas concert in Delhi in the early 80s. He used the money to take the train to Agra and see the Taj Mahal.

14.Pyjama prem: He makes sure his sleeping ­pyjamas are ­freshly-ironed every night because he believes that “one never knows who one may meet in dreams.”

15.Pet stars: His favorite actor is Dilip Kumar, and his favorite actresses are Mumtaz and Saira Banu.

16.Filmy bribes: In school, his Hindi was very poor. His mother promised to take him for a movie if he passed his Hindi exams. Teenager SRK loved ­watching movies and began to score top marks in Hindi then onwards.

17.Old habits die hard: SRK has a phobia of riding horses, and never eats ice-creams.


18.Jodi Kamaal ki: Actor Juhi Chawla is not only a partner of his production house but also a co-star with whom he has acted in the maximum number of films. They’ve appeared in 11 films, including Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman (1992), Darr (1993), Yes Boss (1997), Duplicate (1998), Bhoothnath (2008) etc.

19.Lucky charm: The number plates of all his cars read 555. Shah Rukh is superstitious about numbers and believes that the right numbers bring him good luck.

20.Dhaba time: During his struggling days before he entered showbiz, Shah Rukh ran a ­restaurant in Daryaganj.


21.Movies calling: The prime reason why Khan took up Mass Communications (filmmaking) in Jamia Milia University, Delhi, is because he loved watching television commercials.

22.Being salesman: The actor sold tickets at the booking window of a Mumbai theatre on the opening day of his 1994 film, Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa, directed by Kundan Shah. He was paid Rs 25,000 for that film.









NUVIZ Is The World’s First Head-Up Display (HUD) For Motorcycle Riders


NUVIZ is the first all-in-one motorcycle Head-Up Display (HUD) with integrated navigation, communication, camera and music in a single device.

NUVIZ allows riders to integrate many technological functions into one helmet-mounted device. Removing the need for individual devices for music, photo/video, navigation, and communication, means less distraction, less fiddling and more attention to the road ahead. Adding a NUVIZ to your choice of the helmet means the end of riding with mounts and cables cluttering your bike. Now with everything integrated into one device, your journey is much more enjoyable and efficient.

Head-Up Display (HUD) with intuitive controls that reduces distraction and enhances your ride by providing custom information needed on the ride, all within your natural line of sight.


To truly experience the ride, it must be distraction-free. No drama, no fuss, just rider, machine and the open road. With NUVIZ, going for a ride with all the modern technology needed for a hassle-free and connected journey is simple. By removing all the distractions and making an all-in-one device, NUVIZ enables you to keep your eyes on the road.Nuviz-Daylight-Screen

NUVIZ is a compact and easy-to-use Head-Up Display (HUD) that incorporates all the device functionality you need into one intuitive and distraction-free device. It includes the following functionality: navigation, photo, and video, communication and music – so all you need to focus on, is the ride itself.

  • Navigation

    Plan your adventure and navigate routes with turn-by-turn directions, map view, speed limits and more. NUVIZ comes with an inbuilt GPS, meaning you won’t need your phone to find your destination.


  • Music

    Listen to your favorite music on Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music or Google Play. Music will be played via your phone.


    Photo & Video

    Capture photos at the touch of a button, on-the-fly and make quick and effortless video recordings.


    Receive, make calls and see who’s on the line with the integrated headset.


    To fully bring the Head-Up Display experience to life, download the NUVIZ app from the App Store or Google Play. The app works with the HUD, allowing you to plan routes and save your favorite rides, instantly access the photos captured with NUVIZ, view your riding stats and more.


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Jaguar Cars

The tagline “Born To Perform” – is quite apt for the brand Jaguar. Easily one of the top notch cars in the Auto segment the world over, Jaguar Cars proved themselves to be the best. With a wide fan following for style, performance, and delivery, the name is synonymous with success itself.

Jaguar cars are known for luxury status. The brand was established in 1922 by William Lyons and William Walmsley. They were both motorcycle enthusiasts and set up the firm to manufacture motorcycle sidecars before moving on to make passenger cars.


Back then, the company was called Swallow Sidecar Company. The name was altered to Jaguar post World War II to avoid the negative connotation of the initials SS. The first passenger car to bear the name of SS Jaguar was a 2.5-liter saloon in 1935. It’s sports models were SS 90 and SS 100.



Jaguar manufactured a series of attractive sports cars in the 1950s – Jaguar XK120 model, Jaguar XK140 model, Jaguar XK150 model, and the Jaguar E-type model. All the cars of the company followed the principle of value for money. For many years, Jaguar had the slogan – Grace, Space, and Pace.


Jaguar’s Twin OHC XK engine is renowned for its longevity and ubiquity. In 1951 and 1953, Jaguar had some of their proudest moments when they won the Le Mans 24 hour race. The company’s reputation for excellence and financial stability was built on the backs of stylishly-made luxury saloons.


Jaguar changed hands several times throughout its history due to its management problems and financial issues. In 1966, it merged with British Motor Corporation. Sir William Lyons felt that the move would catapult Jaguar into importance once again. At the end of that year, its name was changed to British Motor Holdings.

In 1968, British Motor Holdings merged with Leyland Motor Corporation Ltd. to become British Leyland but monetary success eluded the company. In 1984, Jaguar became a separate company and immediately began to prosper under the leadership of chairman, Sir John Egan.

In 1999, Jaguar joined Ford’s Premier Automotive Group, along with Volvo Cars, Land Rover, and Aston Martin. However, Jaguar did not make any profits despite launching the S-Type and the X-type range of products.


In 2008, Ford sold Jaguar to Tata Motors for £1.7 billion. The deal included Daimler, Lanchester, and Rover brands.

Currently, the car models manufactured by Jaguar are the F-Type convertible, the Jaguar XF, the Jaguar XJ, the Jaguar XK, and the Jaguar R models. In the future, we can expect to see a C-X17 and a four-door compact saloon known as XE. Ian Callum, the designer for Jaguar, had confirmed previously that there would be no Jaguar SUV.


The iconic “Leaping Jaguar” mascot has been dropped from all Jaguar models due to safety reasons. Traditionally, it was a part of the radiator cap of the car. The timeline of Jaguar illustrates how a focus on quality and performance can pull a firm through the toughest of times.


How Can You Stop Robots From Injuring Workers?

Nothing ruins your day like a robot-induced skull fracture, but there may be a way to avoid it. The Verge reports that researchers from the DLR Robotics and Mechatronics Center in Germany have been busy repurposing safety technology from cars to protect humans from wayward industrial robots. In one video from earlier this year, the team shows that a robot arm fitted with an airbag around its manipulator doesn’t cause injury when it hits someone in the face while traveling at two meters per second.

In another newly published video, though, they show how it might be used more seriously, in an assembly task where robot and human must work together. The airbag can inflate when it comes close to a human but deflate and retract when the machine needs to perform an intricate task. It’s actually remarkably neat in operation and makes quite a lot of sense. In reality, though, airbags are unlikely to be the main way to keep humans safe from robots: robust sensing and strong security to stop systems from being hijacked will probably do a better job. But they could still prove a useful addition in case robots do go rogue.