The latest addition to AltDynamic’s series of collectible desktop curiosities comes in a satisfying tubular egg shape. Inspired by the mathematics of Gabriel Lamé and the 1960s Superegg design by Piet Hein, the roly-poly metal egg comes in titanium, stainless steel, and copper editions with machined or mirrored finishes.
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We love seeing unique takes on fidget toy designs, and the Pivot is unlike any other we’ve seen. It consists of a Reuleaux triangle body and an oblong flipper which can be pushed from corner to corner thanks to neodymium magnets. Available in titanium or bronze, as well as anodized colors and laser-etched patterns.
Have a spare game controller lying around? Its tactile buttons and joysticks are great for fidgeters. Pilpoc’s Fidget Controller Pad is a fidget toy based on the same idea, but in a pocketable size. It has eight functions to keep fingers and brains occupied, yet measures just 2.8″ x 1.4″ x 1.0″.
This stainless steel ring gives fidgeters something to do whenever and wherever they please. Its rails hold several individual steel elements that move freely with a flick of your finger. Stack two rings for double the fidget action. They come in silver or rose gold finishes.
Collective Carry’s polished kinetic toy flips, spins, and slides, giving your idle hands something to do while sitting at your desk on endless Zoom calls. Made from aerospace-grade zinc alloy, it comes in black, silver, and gold finishes in both hexagon and square designs. Save 23% in The Awesomer Shop.
Works by Solo’s fidget toy is handmade from 26 components, including bike chain, custom-cut sprockets, and bearings to create a unique metal plaything. Its two gears can rotate independently, and move smoothly so you can get some speed going. See how it works and how the design came together in the video clip.
This unique metal memento from J. L. Lawson & Co features a concave shape and spiral pattern inspired by the gravitational pull of a black hole. Thanks to a ceramic ballpoint, it can spin like a top for up to 15 minutes. The 1.25″ diameter coin is available in blackened iron or fine silver.
The Fidget Flip is a unique stress-relief toy that combines visual and audible stimuli to keep your mind occupied. The laser-cut acrylic plaything is filled with exactly 750 tiny metal spheres, which create a calming sound and mesmerizing visual as you tilt it from side-to-side. Not recommended for young children, lest they crack it open.
From the expert machinists at AltDynamic comes their most impressive creation yet, a family of elegant aluminum playthings which look nothing like a sphere, yet can roll like one. Each one splits down the middle and is held together with magnets. They come in three variants, each with its own unique rolling properties.
These pentagonal playthings have neodymium magnets along their edges, letting you assemble them into a variety of shapes, including a dodecahedron. Each set comes with 12 pentagons, and the more kits you buy, the more complex the objects can get. They come in Slate, Cobalt, Aqua, and Lava.
This bumpy computer mouse from HedgeHog Health is designed to provide kids with learning challenges like ASD or ADHD with physical stimulation. But one look at the colorful and tactile surface of these pointing devices, and we want one of them on our desk too. Pre-orders start shipping in December 2020.
The VersiCube is a unique object made from CNC-machined aluminum. KAD Models and Prototypes‘ cubes allow light to shine through, and provide a nice tactile feel. They come in 1.375″ and 0.5″ sizes, and a version with pegs for 3D Tic Tac Toe. Profits go to the Advanced Manufacturing Program at the Vermont Technical College.
Looking for a unique fidget toy? Monkey Bars offer up lots of fun for your fingertips. They feature a patented design which uses bent stainless steel pins that turn and slide as you play with their aluminum handles. Their first model, the 2020-R has grooved handles as shown in the video.
Machined from a solid hunk of aluminum or brass, the Flipo Flip offers a unique take on the desktop fidget toy. This metal plaything is designed to feel great in the hand, and is perfectly weighted for flipping, spinning, and manipulation with your fingers. Available in hexagonal and square designs.
Looking for a good way to burn off a little stress? Fidgeting is a good way to occupy your mind and to focus on something other than the day’s worries. The guys over at Everyday Carry have picked out 10 of their favorite fidget toys, including one of our go-tos, the stainless steel Mechforce EDC Gyroscope.
Designed by Wales-based sculptor Ivan Black, this hypnotic, kinetic plaything is made from 21 interconnected metal rods, which can be spun and twisted to produce visually-stimulating patterns inspired by the Fibonacci sequence. It’s available in silver, gold, bronze, or a limited edition scarlet color. Be sure to watch the video.
Keep your car, office, or home smelling fresh, and distract your mind at the same time with this sculptural metal aromatherapy diffuser. Just give it a gentle spin, and its optical illusion rings spin, while the plate underneath disperses fragrance. Includes five scent discs, and a removable adhesive for installation.
Looking for a cool alternative to fidget spinners? This metal desk toy spins smoothly on its leather base to reveal a hypnotic optical illusion thanks to the spiral engraved into its surface. Choose from steel, brass, or copper, and stack multiples for even more fun!
Every time we think we’re done with the fidget spinner fad, somebody comes along and amps these silly playthings up to the next level. The Backyard Scientist decided that he couldn’t spin his fast enough, so he added a propulsion system, and upping the danger factor by 100x.