Kano partners with Microsoft on DIY Windows 10 S Kano PC

Students first build the Kano PC then use it to learn code. (Source: Kano)
Students first build the Kano PC then use it to learn code. (Source: Kano)
Kano has taken the covers off its first DIY computer that runs Windows 10 S. Designed for classroom computing programs, it gives students the chance to understand the key components that make up a computer and then use the built product to learn programming and interact with software.

Better known for its Rasberry Pi kit PCs, Kano has partnered with Microsoft on its first fully-fledged DIY PC. Thanks to this collaboration, the Kano PC has ended up looking like a chunky Surface Go. It is targeted at schools to give students a hands-on understanding of the components that comprise a PC while then learning more about software and coding. It even ships with a special education edition of Microsoft's Minecraft and other bundled apps including Paint 3D.

The Kano PC is powered by a quad-core Intel Atom x5-Z8350 clocked at 1.44 GHz based on the Cherry Trail architecture first introduced in 2016. This is mated to 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage that can be expanded via microSD. In addition to wireless technologies including Bluetooth and Wi-Fi it is also fitted with an HDMI port, a headphone jack, microphone, and 2 USB-A ports. An 11.6-inch touchscreen allows students to interact with the device in a variety of creative ways.

While we aren't particular fans of Windows 10 S, which limits installable apps to what is available through the official Windows Store and the Edge browser, it is sufficiently light weight that its Atom chip shouldn't be overwhelmed. In addition to a step-by-step storybook outlining how to build the Kano PC, it is also preinstalled with an app called "How Computers Work" to help kids to code and create emoji in binary code.

The Kano PC is available for pre-order through its online store for US$299. It will ship from October 21 to the US, Canada and the UK.

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2019-06-20 (Update: 2019-06-20)
Sanjiv Sathiah
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I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have grown to enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture out now on Spotify.