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  • 11.16.09

HP Touchsmart Designer Takes on Toys, Updates the Red Wagon with Green Materials

Why design computers when you can make toys? Scot Herbst, a hotshot Silicon Valley designer and one of the design minds behind the HP Touchscreen, teamed up with his wife to take on a gentler challenge in his spare time. The result: Kaiku Design, a company focusing on hand-built, natural toys.

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Why design computers when you can make toys? Scot Herbst, a hotshot Silicon Valley designer and one of the design minds behind the HP Touchscreen, teamed up with his wife to take on a gentler challenge in his spare time. The result: Kaiku Design, a company focusing on hand-built, natural toys.

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Kaiku’s focus is the little red wagon, a children’s staple that hasn’t been updated in decades. The remodeled Zen wagon isn’t red, but it still looks like a whole lot of fun. Herbst’s wagon features natural rubber air-filled tires, formaldehyde-free wood, non-toxic finishes, and weather and corrosion-resistant hardware. The same green features apply to the smaller PushPull wagon and the Strollkart, a wooden stroller for stuffed animals.

Kaiku’s toys aren’t cheap–the Zen retails for $319–but they’ll probably make your kids the envy of all the other wagon-toters around.

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Ariel Schwartz is a Senior Editor at Co.Exist. She has contributed to SF Weekly, Popular Science, Inhabitat, Greenbiz, NBC Bay Area, GOOD Magazine and more.

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