Kano Computer Kit Complete | Make a laptop. Learn to code
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- Step-by-step build your own powerful laptop, a simple storybook shows you how. Look inside, plug the parts, bring it to life. Learn about HDMI, sound, pixels and processors.
- All in one box. 10.1'" HD screen, Raspberry Pi 3, battery, DIY speaker, wireless keyboard, case and stand, memory, 3 USB ports, HDMI and power cables, sound sensor, stickers, Kano's operating system, apps, and exclusive coding challenges.
- With playful projects and simple steps you'll learn to code art, music, apps, games and more. Don't just play Minecraft, hack it.
- Browse the internet, use your favorite apps like YouTube, WhatsApp, Google Docs, Maps, Codecademy, Wikipedia and more.
- For ages 6+. No technical knowledge required. Includes Lifetime Care and 1 year warranty.
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Build your own playful, portable computer. Follow the story, plug the parts, see how it works. With simple steps learn to code art, games and music. Hack Minecraft, control animations with your voice. Browse the web, watch YouTube and more. Perfect for beginners. Backpack-friendly, create anywhere!
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Open the box, pull out the bits, button, battery and boards. Follow the story page-by-page, build your own laptop, all by yourself. Look inside, see how it works and bring it to life. Learn about sound, power, pixels and processors. Simple, fun and for everyone.
Learn by making landscapes and geometric rainbows. Code your own musical masterpieces, and animations that move to your voice. Don’t just play games, change the rules. Take control of Minecraft, Pong and Snake.
Browse the internet, watch YouTube, research with Wikipedia, write stories, play games, zoom in on maps, chat with friends on WhatsApp. Code with Scratch and Codecademy.
Join the safe and friendly Kano community. Create, collaborate and compete with people around the world. Be inspired, see the code behind their creations, learn how they work, and make them your own.
“Unleash your inner mad inventor. Banish boring rectangles by making your own crazy, colorful gadgets.” - Stuff “Trains a generation to perceive the world as endlessly programmable” – Wired “Clever, entertaining, educational” – USA Today
Describe your product in 3 words.
Make, learn, play
How did you come up with the idea for this product?
Kano started with a challenge from Micah, 6, my little cousin. He said he wanted to make his own computer. But didn’t want “anyone to teach him.” It had to be “as simple and fun as Lego"
What makes your product special?
Kano Kits empower you to make technology, and learn to code – through simple steps, and creative play.
With physical building and delightful software projects, we open up the hidden world behind the screen.
What has been the best part of your startup experience?
It is a great privilege to build & learn with the rising generation – who are using Kano to learn how the world works, and make it do something new.
And, to work with thousands of artists, teachers, makers, and inventors in 86 countries, from South London to South Africa, to demystify computing.
We believe everyone can understand & shape the world, not just the 1% of 1%. It is an incredible time to be alive.
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The packaging is top notch. Everything is securely kept in place by die cut foam.
When you open the box, there's a small booklet that walks your child through putting the computer together.
This largely amounts to plugging in cables and snapping a few Lego like pieces together.
If your child is younger, I definitely recommend an adult assisting.
Some of the pieces are a bit difficult to snap in, particularly the battery.
Because you're snapping the pieces onto the back of the monitor, it can feel like you're going to break it.
This is one piece of design that I feel could be better.
I'm unsure if we broke the monitor, or if it arrived broken, but after assembly, all we got was a blank screen.
A bit of troubleshooting allowed us to narrow it down to the monitor.
Kano & Amazon replaced the entire kit no questions asked.
If you put yours together and just get a blank screen, try plugging the Pi into your TV or another computer monitor until your replacement arrives.
Once you turn it on, you're immediately dropped into a "terminal" that walks you through a completely amazing and immersive experience.
It makes your child feel like they're building the desktop environment themselves.
The Kano team has spent an amazing amount of effort and attention to detail when it comes to the software.
They introduce the child to computer and programming concepts in small bites, building up their knowledge and skills seamlessly.
The Kano team has created a custom Linux distribution and a whole suite of games.
You start out by playing the game, then the tutorial quickly has you modifying the game with a Blockly based system.
My daughter thought Pong was cool... then she realized she could mod the game!
I've never seen her light up the way she did when she realized she had near complete control over the game.
There's also a "Make Snake" game that teaches about command line arguments.
"Terminal Quest", which is a text based adventure game (a la Adventure or Zork) that teaches your children to use a Linux terminal. (Speaking of the terminal, there is an actual terminal available as well. Just in case you need it for something.)
"Make Art" is a Python based art program.
There are several other games, as well as a Story Mode that we haven't really tried yet.
I've no doubt they're all of the same high quality.
Some people have mentioned that the cost of the parts in the box is much less than the cost of the Kano itself.
While it's true that you could pick up a Raspberry Pi, keyboard, mouse, & monitor much cheaper, those people seem to be forgetting that they're paying for the team to develop the amazing software and operating system that is included.
You're paying for an experience, and it's worth every penny.
The Kano has my 9 year old daughter not just writing code, but excited about it!
Ours, however, would not work after we put it together. Monitor would flash "NO SIGNAL". I did manage to troubleshoot it to a blank micro SD card where the Kano software was supposed to be, downloaded and burned it from the Kano website, and now all is well. But parents of young children be aware.
Overall, it says a lot about a product when the only moving part fails 3 out of 3 times. Kano's quality assurance is non-existent.
The reason a person buys/overpays for these parts is so that the headaches of troubleshooting are removed from the child's learning process; Kano's Complete Computer Kit doesn't do that.
TL;DR: They regularly ship kits with broken parts, then replace the broken parts with slightly less broken parts. Do not buy this product.
If you want to use the computer in the meantime while waiting for customer service to replace the power button issue:
Get a paper clip.
Take off the back.
Touch the paper clip across the two leads closest to the power button for three seconds.
The machine will turn on.
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Warning: This kit does not include 'patience'. It is easy to get frustrated with electronics.Read more