My first review will be for the Fidget Cube from Antsy Labs. This is an item that was brought to my attention by a friend who is also on the spectrum, who had received one as a gift from the products Kickstarter. I thought that the concept of a single object with a variety of movement options was a great idea, so I ordered one for myself. I have since used it for three or so months have have found it to be worth the purchase. The Fidget Cube has 6 faces, as the name implies, with a total of 7 different fidgeting options on a single object. As there each face provides a different outlet I feel it only fitting to break this review into a part per face.
The first of the faces contains one of the most basic fidgets, one that has been used for years. Based off the concept of worry stone’s, this face has an indentation where someone can slide their thumb, rubbing away at the surface in order to relieve tension or stress. While this rubbing motion can indeed relieve stress I feel that for the price you would want to utilize more than just this side.
The second face holds a set of 5 button’s. Two have very little resistance little resistance, providing a silent outlet for the urge to push that could be utilized in class without disrupting others. The other three provide a solid click when pushed, providing a satisfying tactile feedback, though could disrupt a quiet environment.
The third face contains a rotating dial, bearing the company logo, that can rotate clockwise or counterclockwise. This dial produces a faint grinding sensation, which is a nice feedback. The circular motion took time to become accustomed to but once I had I’ve found it to be a smooth motion overall, and one that can be utilized while remaining quite.
The forth face has a simple switch, very similar in nature to a light switch. This switch has perhaps the loudest noise of the face’s, though this sound can be canceled out quite easily by covering the switch in its entirety and preforming a rocking motion. For myself this is perhaps the utilized feature of the Fidget Cube, as I find the motion to be very satisfying and the sound to be somewhat relaxing as well, providing a rhythm that my mind can focus on when needing to calm myself.
The fifth face holds a joystick, reminiscent of most video game console controllers. This is one face that I’m not really satisfied with, as the movement of the stick isn’t as smooth as I feel it should be. It seems to stick on occasions, making the movement seem a bit harsher, especially along the edges of the joysticks range. There’s also the problem of the joystick face, which is very smooth and somewhat slick. I often find my thumb sliding around the joystick itself as I use it. However this may just be a personal dislike as its possible that the sliding sensation could be intended.
The sixth and final face actually hold’s two different fidgets. The first is a set of three gears. These gears, through design or accident I’m unsure, seem to have different resistances, requiring differing amounts of force to turn. I’ve found that this difference in resistance is more useful then one might expect, as depending on my energy or stress level different ones can feel more satisfying. These gears do make a slight amount of noise, the volume rising as the resistance does, so they may not be the best for use during an exam or when attempting to be discreet. The other part of this face is a steel ball, providing a surface that can be rolled with ones finger and even pressed inwards if you desire more resistance.
You can get Fidget Cube for $25 on Antsy Labs website. Thus far I’ve found it to be well worth the price, with the versatility of the different sides a huge draw. While $25 can appear a bit much for something to fidget with those who fidget often will find it invaluable.