Kano’s next learn-to-code kit is a build-it-yourself laptop – TechCrunch
London-based Kano has another code kit in the works to add to its STEM targeting gamified educational line of build-it-yourself kidsâ products ahead of the present-buying holiday season.
The kit is being priced at $249.99/Â£229.99, and is up for pre-order from today â through theÂ KanoÂ website and via âselect retailers and e-tailersâ â with shipping due to start onÂ November 1.
The Computer Kit Complete takes the next obvious step of combining two prior Kano products: itsÂ original (screenless) Kano computer kit and the expansion Screen KitÂ that followed, in a new all-in-one computer kit Kano itâs billing as a âlaptopâ.
As with its prior Kano kits, the new computer kit runs its Kano OS â which it describes as a âfamily friendly educational operating systemâ, noting that it includes parental controls and a content-blocker to filter what kids can see when theyâre using the device to browse the Internet.
Though it also claims the kit computer âworks as a powerful DIY PC tooâ, flagging the presence of apps like YouTube, WhatsApp, Google Maps and Wikipedia, as well as its ownÂ range of âcreative computing applicationsâ, which are aimed at encouraging kids to learn coding principles and even write lines of code while they play around with digital content. Its apps include Hack Minecraft,Â Make Art, Terminal Quest and Story Mode.
Ahead of the holiday season last yearÂ Kano outed a series of connected device kits â such as a programmable LED array and a gesture controller. But this year it looks to be doubling back down on its core computer kit concept. Kanoâs co-founder Alex Klein confirms that while the Screen Kit is being kept around the new Complete Computer Kit is the Kano product âwe highly recommendâ.
The startup, which was founded in 2013 and counts Saul Klein (formerly a partner at Index Ventures) as a co-founder andÂ anÂ investor in a personal capacity, has raised around $15M in VC funding to date, plus further funding via a crowdfunding route which was how it kickstarted the business.