Wood-carved gadgets a hit in Tokyo
TOKYO–How important is the feel of your favorite tech toy? If you’re sick of plastic, you won’t be barking up the wrong tree with a visit to Japanese wood crafts producer Hacoa.
I’d wanted to see Hacoa’s stuff ever since its crushworthy wooden keyboard from a few years back.
So when I heard that Hacoa had opened its first exclusive shop in Tokyo recently, I had to drop by and see what they’d brought back from the forest. Japan has few natural resources but lots of woodlands, as well as a rich tradition of woodcraft.
Hacoa, based in Fukui Prefecture and founded in 1962, had on display its Full Ki-Board, which adds a number pad to the earlier version.
The price: a mere 89,250 yen ($1,141). It does feel silky-smooth to the touch, though. See the promo vid below.
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