November 24, 2013

Kano Kit Offers an Easier Way to Make a Low-Cost Rasperry Pi Computer

Raspberry Pi provides an inexpensive way for aspiring computer scientists to start hacking, but its bare-bones offering can be intimidating to a newcomer. Kano is a forthcoming open-source computer kit designed to make coding as easy as assembling Legos. A Kickstarter for the project has attracted more than six times its $100,000 goal with 25 days left to go. It is expected to be available next summer for $99, though to preorder one now will cost you $119.

Among other projects, Kano can be used to build simple games, like Pong or Snake, or create music, sounds, and HD video. The kit runs a variation of Linux and includes visual coding software called Kano Blocks that outputs Python and Javascript. A Kano keyboard costs $49 more; you'll...

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