Wired writes about the Kano DIY Computer Screen, a kit the company recently released to go with their $99 build-your-own-computer kit launched in 2013. Kano had created the DIY computer kit to be kid-friendly, taking down the walls preventing young minds from grasping abstract concepts surround computing technology by getting hands-on with the hardware, including a keyboard, wiring and a Raspberry Pi. But until now, that hands-on approach did not include working with a screen, as the computer was designed to plug into an existing monitor or TV.
Now, Kano’s 10.1 inch LCD screen, which hooks into the Raspberry Pi, takes the experience all the way. As Kano co-founder Alex Klein explains in the Wired piece:
“We think when you build the whole system around the premise of looking inside, taking control remixing making and playing, you’ve got them in a different kind of walled garden, one that expands outside the wall,” Klein says. The screen was the last barrier to creating a complete system out of the modular Kano parts. “Unless you can create a complete system, the kid is always going to experience this through the lens of a closed piece of technology,” Klein says. “They’ll use their iPad to learn to code project, but how sticky is that experience going to be? They’re going to drag around some blocks and then leave it and go play Angry Birds.”