Kano is a computer and coding kit for all ages, all over the world. Our mission is to give people a simple, fun way to create with technology, and take control of the world around them.

Our fastest ever kit

Introducing our latest computer kit. With a new board providing the fastest ever Kano experience, it is packed with the latest version of our new & improved OS – full of content and challenges for budding creators.

Geoffrey Fowler, The Wall Street Journal

“For the right child. Kano is a far better $150 present than a cheap tablet that mostly just plays games and movies.”

Make Art – paint heroes, figures, masterpieces with programming – a whole new form of creative expression. Or dive into Terminal Quest, a text-based adventure that unlocks the power of the command line – use Linux spells to solve a mystery and save the world.

Drag new code blocks in Pong and Minecraft, to trigger sounds, Moshi Monsters characters, backgrounds, water slides, sky jails, and TNT. Get stuck in with weekly challenges to keep your kid engaged.

Make your own Kano Character. Join our online World, where new makers can see, learn, and share the code behind thousands of creations – with full parental controls.

Manuals are boring

Kano is a story. With illustrated ideas and simple steps, build a computer, make stuff, and explore a new world. Make your own characters and level up.

About the Creators

Creator Q & A

Describe your product in 3 words.

Anyone can make

Where did you get the inspiration for your product?

Kano started because of a challenge from Micah, 6. He wanted to build his own computer. But he didn’t want “anyone to teach him.” It had to be “as simple and fun as Lego””. At Kano, we create computer and coding kits, designed for all ages, all over the world. Our mission is to give anyone, anywhere, the power to make and play with technology.

What differentiates your product from similar products out there?

We’re a new type of computing platform, built for creativity. Our mission is to make it simple and fun for anyone, anywhere to make, play, and take control of the world around them. Kano is for kids of all ages, the creative and curious, those who want to make technology, not just consume it.

Tell us about the best and most challenging parts of the creation process.

For most young people, using technology comes easy. When it comes to making technology – speaking its language – the story is different. There are 8.2 billion connected devices in the world – yet only a fraction of us can make and talk to them. To be ready for this future, we need simple, affordable, open tools that tie hardware, software, and storytelling together. The next creative generation is rising. They want to make, learn, and play, on their own terms. Before they outpace us, we have the chance to show them a new side to computing. Anyone, anywhere can make and play with technology. They just need the right tools. Today, there is less need for disruption than there is for explanation – for simple, human stories to cut through the noise. We need to give people the tools to take control of the world around them.

Product Features

  • Kano is a computer you build and code yourself. Pi 2 powered
  • Make games, learn to code, and create the future
  • Illustrated step-by-step books show kids how to do it themselves
  • Learn to program with Snake, Pong, Minecraft and more
  • Our fastest ever kit, with new and improved OS