London-based creative agency MAP has designed Kano, billed as a computer that “anyone can make.”
The DIY kit runs on the Raspberry Pi platform, a credit card sized computer that allows users to easily add components, and includes a wireless keyboard, a speaker, packaging, and accessories. Aimed at all ages, all over the world it’s designed to enable users to build games such as Snake, learn code and “create the future,” based on simple and easy-to-follow- steps. The team’s aim is to encourage technophobes to get involved and to prove that technology can also be artistic.
We often draw lines between things: art and science, code and design, STEM and the humanities. It makes “digital literacy” seem like brussels sprouts – good for you, but hard to chew.
The team at MAP also run Kano Academy, which is their non-profit project aimed at “getting low-cost tech into the hands of smart, young people worldwide.” So far they have successfully supported a scholarship for the 16-year-old inventor Kelvin Doe and also sponsored the first Codemakers camp in Newcastle, UK.
So far Kano is available in English, Spanish, Arabic or Mandarin and has already exceeded its’ Kickstarter goal of $120,000. To make a donation, click here.
Watch their ‘how to’ video below: