Computer Kit

$149.99 USD

A computer anyone can make. Build apps, learn code, create the future. Raspberry Pi 3 inside.

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"Kano does a great job of demystifying computing. Not only is computing magical, it’s exciting!"

Tim Bradshaw, Financial Times

What’s in the box?

Assemble your computer: brain, memory, keyboard, speaker and connect it to your TV, computer or Screen Kit to start learning.

As simple and fun as LEGO

Guided storybooks and simple steps show you how to make a computer.

For all ages, all over the world

For the generation that wants to create technology – not just consume it.

Everything you need

An all-in-one Computer Kit: books, bits, apps, games, challenges, and a global community.

The simplest way to start coding

Award-winning design, based on 10,000 hours with educators, artists, parents, and kids, ages 6 to 81.

Create, don't consume

Draw art, make music, code games, like Minecraft, Snake and Pong. Build over 1000 creative projects.

Play with friends

Kids join a community of creators and learners from 86 countries.

Feels like a game

Kids learn skills and level up by completing challenges and sharing with friends.

Built for good. Loved worldwide.

The most-crowdfunded learning invention ever.

Talk computer

"Oh my gosh, we can talk to a computer!"

Angie (9)

We made games

"We made our own games. It was so fun when we used code. Usually on Minecraft you can’t do stuff like that!"

Hayley (9)

Weird and wonderful

"I feel amazing! We started out with this box of weird things and we ended up making our own real computer."

Jared (8)

Super children!

"We’re young, so adults will say we’re a bit incapable, but today we made a computer – we’re like super children!"

Khalid (7)

Create with code

See what kids can draw with code

FAQ

New to Kano

What is Kano?

The Kano Computer Kit is a computer anyone can make™. You build and code it yourself. It’s a fun way to make, play and express your creativity with technology.

What’s inside the Kano kit?

The kit comes with 10 plug-and-play components including:

A Raspberry Pi 3
Wireless keyboard with multi-touch trackpad
A DIY speaker, case-mounted and powered by GPIO Power and HDMI cables
Kano OS 8GB Memory Card
A US, UK or EU USB power supply 
An illustrated story book “Make a computer”
4 sheets of stickers and case cards

What’s the difference between a Raspberry Pi 3 kit and a Raspberry Pi 2 kit?

The new computer anyone can make. Build apps, learn code, create the future. The Raspberry Pi 3 comes with onboard Bluetooth and Wifi and is 50% faster than the Raspberry Pi 2.

What ages is Kano for?

Kano is for kids and the young at heart! We've found it works especially well for children between the ages of 6 and 12.

What can kids make with Kano?

Kano Kids are using the Computer Kit today to:

Build a computer with plug-and-play pieces
Make music and artworks with code
Create games like Pong and Snake. Code worlds in Minecraft
Build radios, servers, and websites
Do homework, make documents

Do parents need to know about computers?

No prior knowledge is needed. We provide a step-by-step storybook, the Kano Book to guide you. 

Is adult supervision necessary when playing with Kano?

Some children between 6-8 years old may require parental supervision when reading the Kano Book and assembling the Computer Kit components. Children 8 years and older are proven to be quite self sufficient on their Kano!

How do you actually code on Kano?

Kano provides an introduction to various programming languages including Python and Javascript. Kids will learn Python through our Kano Blocks by making Minecraft and Pong, and can dive into the world of Linux by going on a Terminal Quest and by making Snake.

How to Buy

What are the dimensions of the Kano Computer Kit?

The Kano Computer Kit weighs 3.2 lbs/1.45 kg. Its dimensions are:
15" x 8" x 3"
46 x 21 x 8 cm

What warranty does Kano Computer Kit offer?

We provide a 1-year warranty on the Kano Computer Kit. Full details can be found here.

Does the Kano Computer Kit come with a Screen?

The Kano Computer Kit does not come with a screen but it works with almost any TV or Monitor with an HDMI connection.Monitors with VGA or DVI connections will require the purchase of an additional adapter to support Kano. To find out the recommended adapters please have a look at this help article.

We have just released The Screen Kit - An HD Display Anyone Can Make. It's a portable, playful HD display you build yourself. It’s a new make-it-yourself moment, to demystify the display, and take Kano portable.

Using the Computer Kit

Which languages is the Kano Computer Kit available in?

The Kano Computer Kit is currently only available in English. We’re working on translating Kano into other languages. Sign up for our newsletter to stay updated.

Does Kano have parental controls?

Yes, there are 4 levels of parental controls on the Kano Computer Kit. These range from blocking blacklisted websites to only allowing access on Kano World.

Is Kano used in the classroom?

Yes, Kano is being used in hundreds of schools across the US, UK, EU, Asia and even parts of Africa. For those specifically interested in purchasing Kano for education, please get in touch to see how we can help.


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What is the Computer Kit?
The Kano Computer Kit is a computer anyone can make™. You build and code it yourself. It’s a fun way to make, play and express your creativity with technology.
What’s inside the Kano Computer Kit?
The kit comes with 10 plug-and-play components including: a Raspberry Pi, a wireless keyboard, a DIY speaker, a custom case, power and HDMI cables, memory card, a USB power supply, an illustrated story book and 4 sheets of stickers and case cards.
Do parents need to know about computers?
No prior knowledge is needed. We provide a step-by-step storybook, the Kano Book to guide you.
Is adult supervision necessary when playing with Kano?
Some children between 6-8 years old may require parental supervision when reading the Kano Book and assembling the Computer Kit components. Children 8 years and older are proven to be quite self sufficient on their Kano!
How do you actually code on Kano?
Kano provides an introduction to various programming languages including Python and Javascript. Kids will learn Python through our Kano Blocks by making Minecraft and Pong, and can dive into the world of Linux by going on a Terminal Quest and by making Snake.
Is Kano used in the classroom?
Yes, Kano is being used in hundreds of schools across the US, UK, EU, Asia and even parts of Africa. Check out our educator’s page here!

Raves and Reviews

See what the press think about us

“Kano's simple make-your-own computer kit is an easy way to get kids interested in learning about coding and computers.”

Fortune, 26 Coolest Gadgets of 2015

“Many have tried and failed to create a winning educational computer for kids. Kano cracks that nut, and does so in genius fashion.”

Wired, Our Absolute Favorite Gadgets of 2014

“What he's doing, though he doesn't know it, is coding. He can do this because Kano has made it instinctive.”

The Guardian, “How Kano turned my son, 8, into a progammer”

“It’s like a Computing 101 course in a fun, nifty package. My son’s enduring interest in the lessons were what really sold me on the product.”

Ashley Vance, Bloomsberg Businessweek

“A well-designed product, and a great idea, at an affordable price.”

Walt Mossberg, Re/code

“For the right child, Kano is a far better $150 present than a cheap tablet that mostly just plays games and movies.”

Wall Street Journal

“These kits possess the potential to unshackle us from the past and usher in a new world of computing.”

Fast Company, Most Innovative Companies of 2015

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