Fidget Spinner Design

Problem Statement

Autism is a complicated condition. Some people with autism have great difficulty with relaxation. Our design team wants to design a device for Robert Eckert, a 25 year old man with severe autism. His mental condition makes it impossible for him to sit calmly. This issue occurs at any point of the day, because his mental disabilities are always present. This can be while he watches television or rides in a car. If the problem is solved, he should have something to draw his attention, and in turn allow him to self-soothe some of his hyperactive tendencies.

Brainstorming

Research

The team began by discussing the uses of the fidget spinner to analyze how our device may be useful in the real world. Following this we began to look into different designs and the pros and cons of each one. It was discovered that fidget spinners can be used to help calm the nerves of this with conditions such as autism, ADHD, or ADD. In terms of the design, it was determined that spinners with more weight would be able to spin for a longer amount of time than spinners that are less weight.

Design (Rough Sketch)

Rough Sketch designs prior to building the model. We decided on the revolver, six-barrel spinner.
Group Spinner
Personal Spinner

Build

We originally designed a spinner in the shape of a revolver, but decided it was too heavy and would not produce an optimal spin time
We then opted for a design with the weights farther to the edge to provide more momentum for the spinner

Testing

Lower:

  • 35.92
  • 42.76
  • 48.66

Middle:

  • 1:01.99
  • 1:01.78
  • 1:02.94

Upper:

  • 1:06.63
  • 1:07.64
  • 1:03.10

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