Kano has partnered with Microsoft to launch a build-your-own Windows computer for creative learning called the Kano PC.
The 11.6" touch-enabled, Intel Atom powered tablet/laptop comes with a suite of creative and coding tools, which the computer guides you through.
Out of the box, follow a step-by-step storybook to connect the parts, each of which is replaceable, just as you would with any other Kano computer. Then, watch LEDs on the printed circuit board light up as you explore the labeled components with a magnifying glass before attaching the transparent case back, and a full-sized keyboard cover.
Once set up, the user gets a "How Computers Work" experience through an app that lets you create emojis with binary code, tinker with touch and sound, and play with the processor and memory, learning what your computer is doing when you tap keys, talk into the mic, or touch the screen.
The Kano PC also comes with other games. With Make Art, you can learn to code high-quality images in Coffeescript. Using the Kano App, you can make everything from magic effects to adventurous worlds, with simple steps and programming fundamentals. There's also Paint 3D for making and sharing 3D models and sending them out for printing; Microsoft Teams for getting new projects and content, and sharing your work; and Kano Projects with personalized projects on coding and creativity delivered directly to your dashboard.
Kano and Microsoft are supporting the PC's content experience with hundreds of hours of curriculum.
Preloaded with Windows 10 in S mode, compatible with the Office Suite, and with optimized software and parent/teacher dashboards, the Kano PC is a for both school and home use.
The Kano PC also connects you to the free, online community, Kano World, where you can make, share, and play, in a safe space with hundreds of thousands of makers in 150 countries, who have posted more than a million real applications, and written over 70 million lines of code.
Other specs include 4GB memory, 64GB storage (upgradeable via microSD slot), two USB ports, dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, one HDMI port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, 3.5mm speaker level jack, and microphone input, and a keyboard and cover included.
"We should all have a guide, the opportunity to make a computer, to customize it, and take control of the technology that makes up our society," says Alex Klein, CEO and co-founder of Kano. "We are thrilled to share this vision with Microsoft and co-create a learning, making, and playing experience with the power of Windows and the creativity of Kano."
"We're very excited to partner with Kano for the launch of the Kano PC," adds Anthony Salcito, VP of Education at Microsoft. "We align with Kano's goal of making classroom experiences more inclusive for teachers and students, empowering them to build the future, not just imagine it'"
The Kano PC is available for pre-order now, for US$300 online at Kano.met and the Microsoft Store, and will be available in selected retailers in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K. starting October 21, 2019.