Kano is launching a DIY Windows PC to teach kids assembly and coding skills

midian182

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After making a name for itself with a successful Kickstarter campaign, Kano expanded its line of Raspberry Pi-powered DIY computer kits with a touchscreen-enabled system last year. Its latest product, called Kano PC, is a touchscreen laptop that comes with Windows 10 S, which only allows apps from the Microsoft store, and is "designed for a broader age set."

Looking a lot like a Surface PC, the device features an 11.6-inch display and uses an Atom x5-Z8350 quad-core processor clocked at 1.44GHz. It also comes with 4GB of DDR3L RAM, 64GB of eMMC storage, and a micro SD for extra storage. Ports and connectivity consist of HDMI, a headphone jack, microphone, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 inputs, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.2.

The system is modular, allowing kids to learn the basics of computer assembly. It comes with apps that teach coding, as well as allowing users to make art, music, and games. Buyers will find Minecraft: Education Edition, Paint 3D, and even Microsoft Teams included.

The Kano PC is available to preorder now on the Kano.me website for $299.99. The system launches in the US, Canada, and the UK on October 21st.

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Uncle Al

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Excellent option to sticking kids in front of another gaming machine, but let's not mistake this for "education", this is marketing at it's best by Microsoft to get kids interested in it's products knowing that their first experience will formulate a life long tendency toward their products. What a shame they didn't just use generic stuff to open the kids minds without filling it up with their own propaganda.
 
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wiyosaya

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Excellent option to sticking kids in front of another gaming machine, but let's not mistake this for "education", this is marketing at it's best by Microsoft to get kids interested in it's products knowing that their first experience will formulate a life long tendency toward their products. What a shame they didn't just use generic stuff to open the kids minds without filling it up with their own propaganda.
M$ and other companies will stop at nothing to satisfy their greed. Nothing is sacred to them except $$$$.

And, as I see it, this will almost certainly inspire some to become the next generation of hackers - especially with the path to assembly language.