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Kano Computer Kit – Make a computer, learn to code (10 pieces)
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- Everything you need in one box. Raspberry Pi 3, programmable LED lights, DIY case, power button, wireless keyboard with trackpad, memory, HDMI and power cables, Kano's operating system, coding challenges, stickers and lots of apps.
- 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.
- Plug into any HDMI screen. Includes Lifetime Care and 1 year warranty. For ages 6+
- Trusted by over 2000 schools and code clubs. Winners of the family choice award, webby award, red dot award, cannes gold lions and more
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Build your own computer. Follow the story, plug the parts, see how it works. Learn to code art, games and music. Hack Minecraft, make lights flash, step-by-step challenges show you how. Discover 100+ apps, browse the web, and more.
Perfect for beginners. Create, don't just consume technology.
From the Manufacturer
Open the box, pull out the bits, button and brain. Follow the story page-by-page, build your own computer 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 apps are very well written. Lot's of helpers along the way so that your child doesn't get frustrated and lose interest. My son loved the code quest app, and is more proficient on the shell than a lot of sysadmins I know! They regularly update the apps, and there's always new stuff in Kano World.
The keyboard is also something that people overlook when they talk about building their own kit rather than paying the little more for the Kano. It is very well thought out for how a kid would use it. It's small enough for the little hands, but not awkward for an adult (aside from some keys not being where you expect them to be). The integrated mouse makes it a lot easier for kids to be able to do things since moving a mouse around and clicking and holding mouse buttons can be very challenging for the little ones. You can enable "tap to click" on the trackpad as well which also enables 2 finger scrolling. Very similar to what you'd find on a macbook trackpad.
We loved the Computer kit so much that I jumped at the chance to get in on the kickstarter for the Pixel, Speaker & Camera kits. While I didn't need to utilize customer service for the Computer kit, I did have a problem with the Pixel when it arrived damaged. They responded promptly, and told me they would send me a new one, and I could keep the old one which worked, but without wifi which is required to be able to program it.
Overall, I highly recommend this kit to anyone looking to get their kids into coding and as an alternative to a full desktop computer. This is made with kids in mind and minimizes the distractions that a computer running Windows or OSX or even a full blown Linux distribution would have. So instead of going to the computer to play mindless video games, they are at least playing games that are teaching them skills that they can use elsewhere.
I'd rather talk about my frustrations first so I can end on a positive note. I first tried to hook up Kano to an HDTV set, but the set kept saying that the computer was an incompatible component. Kano's website is barebones in terms of support, and it was no help once I followed the instructions to reboot everything and to reconnect in a specific order without success. I finally carried it to another TV where it worked right away. (Apparently, not all HDTVs with HDMI inputs can handle a computer.) Until you set it up, complete with an account, you won't have access to the coding challenges. The story board in the guise of a game will be greeted by any kid over eight with an enormous sigh because it looks like it was created for six-year olds; it prompts the user to discover facts about power and computers by finding people who will give (in writing, so parents may have to help) information. Older kids probably won't want anyone seeing them explore this "baby" section. I wish the graphics were better and it looked less like Candy Land. The coding challenges, under the "Make" categories, are good, but it isn't always obvious how to clear certain levels. If your kids start playing around with values and ordering to see how the code blocks work, they may get stuck not clearing a level without access to the next. Sometimes blocks of code end up hidden on the screen behind the menus, and you can't clear the level with them floating around. The Kano website seems more devoted to selling their products and troubleshooting the hardware. If you can't figure out the software, you won't get help.
The other frustration I find is the keyboard itself with its touchpad. Sometimes, such as in the Storyboard, you have to use the arrows, and other times, such as in the Make sections, you have to drag and drop, a feat that isn't easy with a small pad. You are never told which to use. Kids who don't have great fine motor skills may get impatient with the lack of responsiveness. Older kids should be able to adapt fairly quickly.
But when the Kano works without roadblocks, it's a great tool to learn how to code. It has building blocks of code that you drag and drop in interlocking pieces to create small programs. As you're learning to code, you also learn about computers themselves. From the first steps (levels that you can't clear until you master the code blocks), kids learn about basic syntax and values.The coding is as instructive for adults as it is for children, and it wouldn't be a bad excuse to learn alongside your child. The best part of this kit, however, is the inclusion of a Raspberry Pi, which can be taken completely outside the Kano coding environment once advanced users are proficient with coding. The ability of this kit to address the needs of novice and advanced user alike should not be underestimated. The Pi is WiFi-enabled with a LAN port, two USB ports (one for the wireless keyboard), a HDMI port (used to hook up to a TV or monitor), and an optical cable port.
The Kano portion of the computer does not work unless it is online, either wirelessly or through an Ethernet connection. For most people these days, that's not an issue; however, it bears mentioning.
This computer kit is a great learning tool if you can get past the frustrations. It costs a lot more than a Raspberry Pi 3 does on its own; however, you are paying for the coding challenges that really help understand how to control computers. Older kids, even young teenagers, might balk at the toy-like look of the keyboard and challenges, but, if you can get them past that, they will be well on their way to coding on their own.
-- Debbie Lee Wesselmann
On the positive side, very easy and engaging to put together. Nice comic-like manuals. No problem connecting to 1080p TV via HDMI. And my son mostly loves it.
On the downside, the software is buggy as s***. For example, Minecraft doesn't start properly, but splash screen remains on the desktop and obscures any other windows in the same area. Lots of frustrating little things - like, instructions for block programming say, enter "-1" in this or that field, but field doesn't actually accept negative numbers. Or, instructions say, connect this block there, but when you do, instructions box does not disappear nor move on to the next step.
Unfortunately, there is no good way to report bugs either. The product websites has no bug database, only forums. These are poorly organized and almost impossible to search.
So in summary, a really nice idea, great hardware and out-of-the-box experience, but brought down by poor software execution.
Would still probably buy it again, since it's quite a bit of fun, but it's very sad just how much better this could be if there was just a little more attention to details, testing, support.