London-based Kano has any other code kit within the works so as to add to its STEM concentrated on gamified tutorial line of build-it-yourself youngsters’ merchandise forward of the present-buying vacation season.
The kit is being priced at $249.99/£229.99, and is up for pre-order from these days — during the Kano site and by the use of “select retailers and e-tailers” — with delivery because of get started on November 1.
The Computer Kit Complete takes the next obtrusive step of mixing two prior Kano merchandise: its unique (screenless) Kano pc kit and the growth Screen Kit that adopted, in a new all-in-one pc kit Kano it’s billing as a “laptop”.
As with its prior Kano kits, the brand new pc kit runs its Kano OS — which it describes as a “family friendly educational operating system”, noting that it comprises parental controls and a content-blocker to clear out what youngsters can see once they’re the usage of the instrument to browse the Internet.
Though it additionally claims the kit pc “works as a powerful DIY PC too”, flagging the presence of apps like YouTube, WhatsApp, Google Maps and Wikipedia, in addition to its personal vary of “creative computing applications”, which might be geared toward encouraging youngsters to be told coding ideas or even write traces of code whilst they mess around with virtual content material. Its apps come with Hack Minecraft, Make Art, Terminal Quest and Story Mode.
Ahead of the vacation season ultimate 12 months Kano outed a collection of attached instrument kits — akin to a programmable LED array and a gesture controller. But this 12 months it appears to be like to be doubling backpedal on its core pc kit idea.
The startup, which was once based in 2013 and counts Saul Klein (previously a spouse at Index Ventures) as a co-founder and an investor in a private capability, has raised round $15M in VC investment so far, plus additional investment by the use of a crowdfunding course which was once the way it kickstarted the trade.