Kano, an educational startup known for creating build-your-own computer packages for children, has partnered with Microsoft to create a do-it-yourself touchscreen laptop with Windows 10 S, a lite version of the operating system. Called Canoe PC, the laptop is closely related to the design of a Surface PC, with a 11.6-inch display that can be locked onto a keyboard enclosure. Everything about the Kano PC, from the transparent background that reveals the modular pieces of the computer, to the included apps that stimulate tinkering with sound and touch, is "specifically designed for the classroom of the 21st century".
Kano & # 39; s previously released DIY computer sets, but they were powered by Raspberry Pi 3s and Kano & # 39; s proprietary operating system. This time, Windows 10 can be fully executed (although in S Mode, so it only runs apps from the Microsoft Store.) The touchscreen PC is powered by a 1.44 GHz Intel Atom x5-Z8350 quad-core processor, 4 GB RAM and 64 GB of storage space that can be upgraded with a microSD card. There is an HDMI port, a headphone jack, microphone, 2 USB ports, plus WiFi and Bluetooth.
Children can learn to assemble their computer through instructions presented as a step-by-step storybook, and learn more from an app called "How Computers Work", which also teaches them to code and make emoji with binary code. An educational edition of Minecraft is included in the PC, along with other Microsoft apps such as Paint 3D and Microsoft Teams.
Canoe PC is available for pre-order Kano.me for $ 299.99 USD. It will be launched on October 21 in the US, Canada and the UK.