Fidget Spinner Inventor Made No Money From Her Hit Toy

Posted: May 5 2017, 7:10am CDT | by , Updated: May 5 2017, 7:32am CDT, in News | Technology News

Fidget Spinner Inventor Makes No Money From Her Hit Toy
  • The Inventor of the Fidget Spinner has Made No Money from her Invention

Apparently, the inventor of the fidget spinner, which is a toy that has become a worldwide craze by now, has made no money from her unique invention.

Catherine Hettinger is the inventor of the fidget spinner. This is a toy that has become quite a craze and a fad among the playgrounds around the world. It is said to cure ADHD and autism too. Seeing the sheer appeal and popularity of this toy, it ought to have made its inventor rich and famous by now. Yet no such thing has happened.

A Florida resident, Catherine Hettinger has in fact not earned a single cent from her invention. She originally made the device as a method of entertaining her seven year old daughter. Today so many fidget spinners are to be found being sold in markets across the global village.

According to The Guardian, she held the patent for eight years but had to forfeit it in 2005 since she didn’t have any money for the renewal fee. This renewal fee was just $400. She says to this day that seriously she just didn’t have the cash.

The palm-sized fidget spinner has a ball bearing and a three-sided plastic gadget which spins on it rapidly and may do so for upto four hours or more.

While many schools have banned entry of these devices in their premises, others have allowed them since it is believed that they help students with ADHD concentrate and focus in a better manner.

While the manufacturers of this device are earning in the millions, Catherine Hettinger is still caught up in the poverty trap. She mentioned in passing that it is tough being an inventor. Only 3% of inventions earn scads of money for their inventors. Most inventors starve and remain in desperate need of money till their last days alive on earth.

Yet Catherine Hettinger is not angry or resentful in any way. She says that she is glad she could be of help to the children with ADHD or autism. If her invention is popular that in itself is a source of pride and joy for her.

The patent office can keep its patent and its money as well. She doesn’t need any hand-outs. According to Time, Catherine had thought of a soft rock that the kids could throw before she came up with the idea of the fidget spinner.

This toy she invented now comes in a large variety of designs. Hettinger has gone on to say that since her invention is not an exploitative one, she has no interest in cashing in on its fame. She is just happy for all the children of the world who are fascinated by fidget spinners. Find the most popular fidget spinner deals.

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