I sat down with Co-Founder and CEO of Kano, Alex Klein, to talk about the new Kano Screen Kit and what’s next for Kano’s line of build-your-own computers.
The new screen means the Kano is now a fully fledged computer anyone can make – particularly kids between the ages of 6 and 12.
They can build a computer with plug-and-play pieces; make music and artworks with code; create games like Pong and Snake; and even code worlds in Minecraft
The Computer Kit comes with 11 plug-and-play components including:
• A Raspberry Pi 2
• Wireless keyboard with multi-touch trackpad
• A DIY speaker, case-mounted and powered by GPIO
• Power and HDMI cables
• Wi-Fi dongle, Kano OS 8GB Memory Card
• A US, UK or EU USB power supply
• Two illustrated story books: “Make a computer” and “Code powers”
• 4 sheets of stickers and case cards
The Kano Computer Kit does not normally come with a screen but it works with almost any TV or Monitor with an HDMI connection.
But they have just released The Screen Kit – a portable, HD display you build yourself. This demystifies how a display works and makes the Kano truly portable.
They have also optimized their Kano OS for the Raspberry Pie Zero. It’s even 6 times faster than previous versions. It’s clearly no slouch.