Kano is graduating from Raspberry Pi boards. Today, the company is announcing a partnership with Microsoft and unveiling its first build-it-yourself computer that officially runs Windows 10. The aptly-named Kano PC is housed in a central unit that is visually similar to its ‘complete’ Computer Kit Touch. All of the components are different, however. The new machine has an 11.6-inch touchscreen with a yet-to-be-disclosed resolution. It’s powered by a 1.44 GHz, quad core Intel Atom x5-Z8350 processor, paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage, which is upgradeable through a microSD slot.In short, it’s a proper computer.
The Kano PC will have plenty of ports, too, including HDMI, two USB ports — one 2.0, the other 3.0 — and, thankfully, a 3.5mm headphone jack. It will also come with a keyboard cover which, at first blush, looks like a massive improvement over the plastic keyboard that shipped with previous Kano computers. When all of the pieces come together, the Kano PC looks like a kid-proof Surface Go. That, I suspect, was absolutely intentional. You still have to build the computer, which Kano explains through a LEGO-inspired ‘storybook.’ Some of the parts are replaceable, too, so teachers don’t have to buy a whole new system once the battery and speaker finally perish.
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