The Kano is a computer kit that’s powered by Raspberry Pi and merges basic computer science concepts with functional design, turning just about anyone into a computer maker. Each kit, created by London startup Kano, is comprised of bits and pieces that are constructed to build a functioning computer that can be hooked up to a monitor. On the Kano OS, kids can reprogram Pong and Minecraft, compose music, learn to code, or even use word-process—all through a computer they built themselves.
Co-founders Alex Klein, Yonatan Raz-Fridman, and Saul Klein started Kano to find out if it was possible to make a computer kit that would be fun enough to hold kids’ attention, but smart enough to teach them something. The result is a computer kit that operates like a toy but is intuitive enough for young users.
The main objective of the kit according to Klein, Klein, and Raz-Fridman is to “have fun making things,” the kits main function is all about demonstrating what it means to program. While the kit is based in play, each Kano comes with a step-by-step booklet that can be used on its own, or paired with dozens of open source projects online.
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Kano gives anyone the chance to build a computer – and have fun doing it.
—Al Alcorn, Creator of Pong