Hacoa DIY Wooden Keyboard Kit

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Hacoa, a Japanese brand that sells $435 wooden keyboards, will soon be releasing a DIY kit that will save you a little money. The new "Ki-Board DIY Kit" is $300, but includes a partially-routered board, all the parts you'll need to create the board, and even tools. If only it were wireless!

Yamaguchi Kougei, the wood products and lacquerware dealer based in Fukui prefecture that created the Hacoa brand, typically crafts each keyboard by hand in a labor-intensive process that allows them to complete one keyboard per day. The slow production process makes it difficult for the company to fill large orders and prompts them to charge around 50,000 yen ($435) per keyboard. However, Hacoa's new "Ki-Board DIY Kit" (ki, which sounds like "key," means "tree" or "wood" in Japanese) aims to lighten the company's labor load -- and boost production and lower prices -- by letting the purchaser do some of the cutting and assembling at home.

DIY wooden keyboard kit [Pink Tentacle]

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  1. So the company manages to produce only one keyboard per day and this removes their manual labor from the equation. So does their manual labor only cost $135 per day? Given that they’re from Japan, I would guess not. I bet they’re making a lot more on the “DIY” kits. They also seem like a spectacularly bad deal for the purchaser.

    damn cool, and very interesting, though. (I mean, I’m not dissing on the post at all!)

  2. Oh, for sure. The price is all out of whack. I imagine that’s part of why they threw in all those tools: just to make it seem like a better value. Still, want that. (Actually I want that but the same size and shape as the new wireless Mac keyboards, but working in Windows, too.)

  3. We should get someone that has a CNC router to make wooden replacement keys for the Apple bluetooth keyboard. That would be sweet.

  4. Why pay that much for a wooden keyboard when you can get a 419 scam artist to make one for you for free?

  5. I, too, have a hard time believing that they were selling a keyboard that took an entire day to produce for $435–something seems fishy…as if their gross was $435 a day. It seems like they’d have to be doing them in the most inefficient manner possible with not enough workers to only be able to turn out one a day.

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  7. @DCulberson: That $135 doesn’t account for all manual labor costs, otherwise they’d be shipping you a solid block of wood.

    @Skep: This isn’t the only product they make, so it could be literally true, although the inference that it takes a whole day to make one of these certainly won’t hurt their marketing. They might just have one person working two hours per day on making keyboards.

  8. My first car was a Ford Geo. Thing was a piece of junk.
    Got me to point A to B so I guess that’s all that matters. my current car is a chevy silverado. I
    was lucky to get a good 60 second auto quote on that sucker so I’m happy with it. My dream
    car is a Lamborghini Galllardo. Anyone see the new Reventon? Anyway what’s your story?

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