Kano Launches Touchscreen Computer Kit for Kids and DIY Coders
We’ve seen (and been impressed by) Kano in the past for their unique product line and its ability to make coding seem simple. Borrowing from the old model airplane idea, Kano boxes up a bunch of different computer parts, a list of instructions, and lets the user figure out how to build their own personalized system—all while helping you learn the basics of coding along the way.
Today, the company announced its latest computer kit, which also happens to be its most advanced yet. Computer Kit Touch is a $279.99 kit that gives the user the tools to create their own portable touchscreen computer. Intended for both kids and coding novices, the kit walks you through a simple storybook as you build out the touch screen computer, and then move into programming apps, creating music, and more. The kit “bridges the gap” between block-based and text coding.
“Your first experience with computing and code should be simple, playful, and powerful,” Alex Klein, Co-Founder and CEO of Kano, said in a statement. “The Computer Kit Touch takes the experience of building your own computer to a new level, by revealing the secrets of touch interaction. Combining block based and text based coding, it shows you how modern computing systems work. It gets you inside the screen, rather than just in front of it, and provides a set of art, music, and programming tools – not just toys.”
Once you complete construction of the touchscreen computer itself, you’re left with a 10.1-inch HD touchscreen device that runs on Raspberry Pi and comes preloaded with the latest version of Kano OS—an educational operating system—and a wireless keyboard to navigate the experience. The touchscreen computer has roughly three hours of battery life, 16GB of internal storage, and support for some mainstream social apps like YouTube and WhatsApp.
Creators have the ability to share their apps, art, music, and other creations through the Kano World community portal. At present, the community includes more than 600,000 creations and 56 million lines of code, according to Kano.
The Kano Computer Kit Touch is available now at select retailers and e-tailers in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.