All I Want For Christmas Is Kano's Learn-To-Code Computer Kit

I don't care if it's aimed at kids

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I really want a Kano computing kit - and I’m not the only one. Kano Computing, a startup that makes a DIY kit so you can learn to build a computer and start to code, has just shipped its first batch of 18,000 units around the world, after securing $1.5 million on Kickstarter.

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It makes more sense to buy a Kano rather than a Raspberry Pi single-board microcomputer, because it contains the rest of the components you need - keyboard, SD card, makeable casing, case mods, and  DIY speaker - to turn the board into an actual programmable computer. Kano also has its own operating system, Kano OS, built on top of Debian Linux. It also has Kano Blocks, a visual coding environment that lets the user pull together blocks to create lines of code. The system lets users see their work in action so they can make more of the plug-and-play software.

"cutting edge hardware, pieces of technology that have only come into existence in the past six to nine months."

Co-founder Alex Klein told TechCrunch this week, “it’s a very complicated physical product… It relies on cutting edge hardware, pieces of technology that have only come into existence in the past six to nine months. The core of it is a development board and what came out of all this is that all the components that we’re building, the complexity, the makery feel, is all designed to serve an end goal of simplicity for the users to give them this simple-as-Lego experience. So yeah hardware is hard.

The kits had cost $99 (plus shipping) to crowdfunder backers, but around $160 (plus shipping) if pre-ordered on the Kano website.