The Half-Astrophysicist Blog

Pimp My Radio Flyer

CNN is reporting that the little red Radio Flyer wagon of your childhood is getting an extreme makeover.  Tricked out with the latest in modern safety features and technology. 

Gone is the flat metal bottom, replaced with padded seats with 5 point safety harnesses.  Foot brakes provide stopping power (no word if they are anti-lock brakes).  The digital handle tracks speed, distance and temperature to keep junior from getting too hot or cold.  Cup holders to make sure there is adequate hydration. An MP3 holder and built in speakers mean kids won’t be bored while their parents enjoy things such as “nature”.

When I was young, we would build a small ramp at the edge of a ditch and take turns pushing each other over the ramp and play Evil Knieval, inevitably crashing down well short of the other side (I didn’t have good parental supervision as a child!)  Wonder how this would hold upto that type of abuse!


December 24, 2008 - Posted by | Misapplied technology

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