Kano kit offers an easier way to make a low-cost Rasperry Pi computer

Raspberry Pi provides an inexpensive way for aspiring computer scientists to start hacking, but its bare-bones offering can be intimidating to a newcomer. Kano is a forthcoming open-source computer kit designed to make coding as easy as assembling Legos. A Kickstarter for the project has attracted more than six times its $ 100,000 goal with 25 days left to go. It is expected to be available next summer for $ 99, though to preorder one now will cost you $ 119.

Among other projects, Kano can be used to build simple games, like Pong or Snake, or create music, sounds, and HD video. The kit runs a variation of Linux and includes visual coding software called Kano Blocks that outputs Python and Javascript. A Kano keyboard costs $ 49 more; you’ll…

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