Kano started as a Kickstarter a year ago in November and morphed into something significantly larger than it ever intended to be. Kano is a DIY computer kit, allowing users to construct and code their very own computer.
Almost a year later, the computer is available for purchase by anyone. The kit beholds everything a programmer or anyone else could possibly want in assembling their own computer. Even more impressive is the fact that the kit also comes ready to utilize an HDMI-equipped TV, as a monitor if you don’t want to pick up a separate one yourself, or are looking for a space saving device.
The Kano DIY kit is incredibly child-friendly, too. The instruction manual is easy to understand, and would be quick for anyone to pick up the basics – if that were the goal. And the physical portions of the kit are actually pretty impressive as well. A Bluetooth keyboard, with trackpad, speaker, USB, and HDMI cables, power cables, as well as an 8GB memory card which comes standard with the Kano operating system.
The most interesting aspect of this kit is the price, and the approach that the kit takes to teach coding after you’ve put the device together. It costs $149.99 and obviously, part of the point is that it’s a project putting the computer together.
This device is aimed at getting kids involved in coding, but most reviews suggest that this would also be a good starter for any adults that would desire to get involved in the coding or tech space, as it pertains to computers. An approach known as Kano Blocks, works like many other kid-friendly learning games, and teaches in an interactive way that’s easy for people to grasp onto, and easy for kids to get ahold of.
This is probably the first of many products that we will see on the market dedicated to getting kids involved with computer assembly or coding. Putting more emphasis on the education, rather than the physical build, or just going to the store and picking one.
There is a lot of valuable information here, and this kit is certainly proof that there will be plenty of competition to come in the future when it comes to computers and building knowledge. One would expect more tech companies to join the “computer kit” game, especially if this kit is successful in launch.