Monday, February 9, 2015

Fidget Ring Review and Giveaway : Kinetic Rings for Restless People and Kids !

By on Monday, February 09, 2015 29 Comments

Successful innovators are just that because they are able to tap into an unmet need.  One shining example is Washington DC artist, Meg Dattoria, came up with her clever collection of kinetic rings called Fidget Rings to help anxious or really restless people.  She knows all too well what a fidget feels and does because she is one herself.

"Tilt" Fidget Ring

Meg realized her habit of moving her legs and feet especially when engaged in a low energy activity like watching tv was disruptive to those around her. But she needed to fidget "to calm her anxieties and focus her mind."  She is not alone as many of us have different ways of fidgeting - twirling locks of hair, tapping feet, biting fingernails are but a few examples.

As Meg herself wrote in her thesis paper, rhythmic sensory stimulation is not a new concept - for example, oral mantras have been used for thousands of years as an auditory focusing technique.

So how do they work?  Meg sent me a couple of her fidget rings (shown below) for review - the current Slide 1 ring as well as an earlier prototype all-nylon version which is more durable. The final design will have ths same band as the original but with a  flatter slider. The new design will be out later this week. There is also a Slide 1 ring available for a lucky winner in his or her choice of size and color.

fidget ring
Slide 1 original and prototype for new all nylon Slide 1
The Slide 1 is the simplest of her designs. The rings are made such that the slider can be moved along the whole channel or just to and fro. I had no trouble selecting my size  using one of my own rings and her ring sizing chart (in the  About section). The rings are on the bulky side but comfortable enough to wear.

While the slider looks like a typical ring focal, one has to remember the function of the ring, This focal moves!  The prototype slider moves more smoothly than the original. Having the slider below means one can fidget by manipulating it with one's other hand underneath. So no one can see you fidgeting!

The slider does make a slight sound when moved but won't be noticeable in normal environments. I will try it out in at the cinema as I often get the fidgets during slow parts of a movie. Far better than shuffling constantly in my seat and annoying my neighbors!

Shown here are some of the other designs including the metallic ones.  She used 3D computer software to design the rings.  The plastic created with a combination of hand metal work and 3D printing with an acrylic photopolymer.  She hand dyes them in a variety of colors. The metal ones are made from a bronze-steel composite.
She also has one necklace design - the Spin in brass.

 Her designs "mimic the natural way our hands move when we fidget".  The rings also help individuals with ADHD, Asperger Syndrome and autism by increasing their focus on specific activities. Meg's brother was diagnosed with ADHD as a child so she is well aware of how the rings will benefit these individuals.

"Roll1" Fidget Ring

"Roll2" Fidget Ring

"Slide1" Fidget Ring

"Slide2" Fidget Ring
Meg also offers a specially discounted Classroom set (below) for teachers who have to deal with fidgety young children all the time!


If you'd like to win a Slide 1 Fidget Ring (your choice of size and color), please make a comment below. Make sure you leave contact info below if you do not have an online shop or blog.

Email subscribers need to scroll down the post they receive, click on Share Comment and enter your comment. Pick Name/URL. If you don't have a store or blog, leave the URL blank.

This giveaway is international.

Extra entries if you become or are a blog subscriber or follower etc. If you also do shout outs about this giveaway, those will count as additional entries too! Please say so in the comments.

It ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday, February 16, 2015 . I will pick the winner randomly and announce the results as soon as possible after. So be sure to leave a contact email if you don't have an online link or make sure you come back and check! Otherwise I will redraw in a week. Good luck!


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  1. Thanks for hosting the giveaway! I absolutely love these Kinetic Rings! They are such a fantastic original design!
    Shared on FB, Pinterest
    I'm a blog subscriber

  2. these rings are so awesome! I would love to win one for my son, who has ADHD.

    I'm a blog subscriber, FB and twitter follower.

    I have shared this on FB and twitter.

  3. I wear a chain maille ring that I made. It fits nicely but I'm always turning it round and round. My fidget ring I guess. Love these designs. Need one for my brother-in-law who has the leg shake fidget.

  4. What a great idea! My email is elvetter01 at aol dot com

  5. Count me in please! These rings are very cool. I wear a spinner ring all the time already. I'm major fidgeter.


  6. I am so impressed I'm speechless and you know that's not me Pearl!

    I fidget. I can't help myself. Always need to do something with my hands.

    So throw my name in there Pearl!

    What a great idea!

  7. Having one of these would be great. Thanks for the chance!

  8. I also follow on facebook

  9. and follow on twitter!

  10. This is a great giveaway and idea! My son has Aspergers and ADHD, and we have been looking for a fidget item for him. Most are ineffective, or become more of a distraction or he doesn't like it. These rings are a great idea and fit the bill. I hope I win, but I'm going to order some anyway. Thanks for such a truly innovative and helpful giveaway!

  11. im a blog subscriber n i think this is the best idea ever! perfect for fidgeters, especially would be for one trying to quit smoking! would love to win one :)

  12. These are great! I have stress related myoclonus and could use a way to help refocus. Better than a worry stone.

  13. Hi Beading Gem,
    I would really love to own a Fidget ring, I bite my nails & twirl my hair all the time & this looks a good way to stop - here is my email address
    Jill - - so I am international from down under !!
    hope my name comes up -

  14. I work with autistic and ADHD kids. I would love to try one. How cool!

  15. These are fabulous ! I'm such a fidget ! Blog subscriber and shared on FB !

  16. Love the ring, would be nice to win one.

  17. Great idea! I know so many people who could use this.

  18. I think Meg's fidget rings are a fantastic product for their design and functionality. As an occupational therapist I see many fidgety kids and often recommend these rings. They are unlike any other fidget option available because the child can wear it anywhere (even school), has access to it 24/7 and the design means a child can fidget inconspicuously and one-handed. I have not found this degree of functionality in any fidget option for kids (and I have seen a multitude of different fidget toys). Can't wait to see the new designs she brings out!

  19. greta marullo gdmar@comcast.netFebruary 12, 2015 at 2:42 PM

    This would be perfect for me. I am sooo anxious all the time.

  20. greta marullo gdmar@comcast.netFebruary 12, 2015 at 2:43 PM

    I forgot to add that I am a blog subscriber.

  21. Man do I love this idea of kinetic jewelry! Both my son and I are fidgeters... never stop moving our hands. But my daughter's boyfriend is by far the most kinetic person I've met. My daughter bought him a beautiful watch for Christmas and he is constantly clicking and unclicking the clasp and sliding it on and off his wrist. I think the ring with the beads that slide back and forth would be wonderful for him! He could wiggle his fingers back and forth inside his hand to burn off that excess energy, without worry of wearing the piece out. I would love to win one and give it to him!

  22. I am a teacher and would love to have one for my classroom.

    HowellLin5 at aol dot com

  23. Interesting article. Would love to win one of the rings.

    Also a blog follower.


  24. I have purchased a roll 2 ring but have yet to receive it. I am excited to try it. Having another style to check out would be nice :)

  25. I have a 9 year old son, who would truly benefit from this product, he has a nervous habit THT he does on a daily basis constantly, he twists n pull a his hair, and I think this product would do him wonders, if you can jus tell me or give me a price?? For now n I hope we can win 1 for him

  26. I work at as a social worker in an elementary school and we are constantly looking for "fidgets" for our ADHD students, these would be great!!

  27. I am an adult with ADHD and have had it my whole life. I am currently a college instructor and have had my students comment on how much I fidget...this would help so much!

  28. Would love to get one of these for a friend and long-time fidgeter!