Kano offers a DIY computer kit designed to teach kids to code and work with computers. The company’s first product was a kit that kids can put together featuring a Raspberry Pi, case, keyboard, and software. Now Kano is also offering a DIY 10 inch display kit.
Kano’s computer is relatively easy to assemble, but it takes a bit more work to put together than most PCs aimed at kids. It also comes with a coding book that explains in words and pictures how to put the machine together and which describes how it works.
The HD Screen Kit includes a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800, 720p screen, a driver board, wafer cable, HDMI cable, mini USB splitter, some additional parts, and a storybook with simple instructions on how to build the screen.
You can preorder the screen kit during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend for $130. It is normally priced at $150. The company estimates shipping for early December, with a promise that it will arrive before Christmas.
There’s also a $220 Kano Kit bundle which includes the DIY PC, keyboard, and screen.
The price may seem a little steep considering how inexpensive a typical computer screen is at your local Best Buy, but this is specially designed as a learning project to help kids understand the technology they use on a daily basis.
It comes with a magnifying glass so little ones as young as six can get a closer look at the inner workings of the screen. Plus, the build-your-own buttons let them experiment with alpha and gamma to learn more about the liquid crystals in the display.
The screen is compatible with any HDMI connected device, so you don’t have to invest in the full Kano Computer Kit. However, if your little one wants to build his or her own computer from scratch, you can invest in the Kano Kit Bundle, which is the computer and screen combo, for $220.