London-based Kano has one other code equipment within the works so as to add to its STEM focusing on gamified academic line of build-it-yourself children’ merchandise forward of the present-buying vacation season.
The equipment is being priced at $249.99/£229.99, and is up for pre-order from in the present day — by way of the Kano web site and by way of “choose retailers and e-tailers” — with delivery as a result of begin on November 1.
The Laptop Equipment Full takes the subsequent apparent step of mixing two prior Kano merchandise: its original (screenless) Kano computer kit and the growth Screen Kit that adopted, in a brand new all-in-one pc equipment Kano it’s billing as a “laptop computer”.
As with its prior Kano kits, the brand new pc equipment runs its Kano OS — which it describes as a “household pleasant academic working system”, noting that it contains parental controls and a content-blocker to filter what children can see once they’re utilizing the gadget to browse the Web.
Although it additionally claims the equipment pc “works as a strong DIY PC too”, flagging the presence of apps like YouTube, WhatsApp, Google Maps and Wikipedia, in addition to its personal vary of “artistic computing functions”, that are geared toward encouraging children to be taught coding ideas and even write strains of code whereas they mess around with digital content material. Its apps embrace Hack Minecraft, Make Artwork, Terminal Quest and Story Mode.
Forward of the vacation season last year Kano outed a sequence of connected device kits — reminiscent of a programmable LED array and a gesture controller. However this yr it appears to be like to be doubling again down on its core pc equipment idea.
The startup, which was based in 2013 and counts Saul Klein (previously a associate at Index Ventures) as a co-founder and an investor in a private capability, has raised round $15M in VC funding thus far, plus additional funding by way of a crowdfunding route which was the way it kickstarted the business.