On the one hand, kids are incredibly tech savvy. Give a 5 year old an iPad and they immediately know how to swipe, resize and tap away until good things happen. Can’t figure out what in the world SnapChat is good for? Ask a teenager and they can show you.
Kids today, they know computers…sort of. They know games, social media, how to edit photos and videos…but do they know what makes a computer work? Do they know about the hardware, the 1’s and 0’s and the basic logic of programming? Yeah, not so much.
What if kids could build their own computer, much in the same way they build a castle with Lego? What if computers and programming were not intimidating, but instead seen as a fun challenge for kids to conquer? What if instead of playing Minecraft for hours on end, they programmed Minecraft for hours on end?
This is exactly the idea behind the Kano Computer Kit.
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The Fun Comes From The Journey, Not The Destination
The Kano Computer Kit is one of those things you will love or hate, depending on your expectations and goals. If you are looking for the most powerful computer for your kid, that plays all the latest games, you will hate the Kano. If you want a super simple device for your kids to play games, check email and watch videos – go with a tablet.
The Kano is a project. If you are looking for an unintimidating way to teach your kids about computers, programming and logic skills, you will love the Kano Computer Kit. The Kano makes learning about computers and programming fun. It turns the idea of coding and hacking into a video game itself, where you unlock new hacking skills instead of a new hat for your video game character to wear.
What is The Kano Computer?
Let’s give a little more detail on the specs on the Kano Computer…
- Raspberry Pi 2 Brain, an 900MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 and a 1GB RAM
- 8 GB of Memory via SD Card
- Wireless Keyboard with Touchpad
- Power Supply
- HDMI Cable
- 2 Awesome Books on Building and Coding Computers
In terms of an operating system, while the Kano is running Linux at the core, the Kano OS sits on top of Linux and provides a very kid friendly user interface
It’s Incredible What You Can Do With Just 1’s and 0’s
The Kano is aimed at kids ages 6-14, and this makes sense. Just as the best time to learn a foreign language is when you are young, it is also the best time to learn the logic of programming. The Kano as a total kit (the computer, the manual and the Kano OS) just works to explain how with just 1’s and 0’s you can do anything you want.
If you are looking for a fun and educational way to teach your kids about computers, programming and logical reasoning, we 100% recommend the Kano Computer Kit.
The Kano Computer Kit Sells for $149
The Kano is Also Available via Amazon.Com
Watch Our Video Review of the Kano Computer Kit