What's That, Science? Fidgeting Improves Focus?

These two brothers just built the perfect desk toy for harnessing all of your restless energy.

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Inspired by research that claims that fidgeting actually helps keep people focused, brothers Matthew and Mark McLachlan, founders of Antsy Labs, have created Fidget Cube—a six-sided contraption that gives your twitching hands something to play around with. The cube features clicker buttons, a gliding joystick, a flipswitch, a rolling ball, a spinning dial, and even an anxiety-reducing rubbing surface (we'll need to try that one to believe it). Basically, it's like Bop It, but cuter.

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"Fidget Cube provides a tangible way to capture your floating attention," according to Antsy Labs, "regardless of whether you fidget consciously or subconsciously." Sold on the idea? The Fidget Cube is still in its Kickstarter phase, but with more than $4 million pledged of its $15,000 goal, we think it's safe to say it will be sitting in the palm of your hand in no time.

The creators hope to start shipping the desk toy in December and will be offering it in 10 different colors at about $25 per cube. The Kickstarter closes on October 19, so if you want to pre-order, hop to it!

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In other fidgeting news, a new study in The American Journal of Physiology Heart and Circulatory Physiology (say that five times fast) reports that even just bobbing your leg up and down or bouncing your foot can help increase blood flow to the legs—something that the average American, who sits between 8 and 10 hours each day, desperately needs. Any little movement you can do in any part of the body helps! One more reason to fidget.

Flibbertigibbets unite!

Contribute to the fund-raising effort at antsylabs.com and the Figet Cube page on kickstarter.com.

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