Kano - a product history (and download links)


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In November 2012, Kano’s CEO Alex Klein’s nephew proposed a simple yet radical idea which would come to form the foundations of Kano as we know it. Since that day, we have released many different variations of our core hardware, countless revisions of our OS, and a great selection of kits and add-on accessories.


  • April-August 2013 - The Kano Prototype

Unlike the beautiful orange boxes we know today, this was a simple white box, a simple small black USB keyboard, some prototype booklets, cables, case, Pi 1 and SD card loaded with an early version of the Raspbian OS. Only 200 of these were ever made and they sold out by word of mouth alone.

Contents:

  • White Kano Box
  • Raspberry Pi 1 model B
  • Raspberry Pi 1 model B case
  • HDMI cable
  • 3.5mm audio cable
  • RCA / Composite cable
  • SD card loaded with a version of Raspbian
  • Early version of Kano booklet
  • Power plug / cable
  • Bluetooth / USB / IR Keyboard?
  • Wifi dongle

kanoprototype


  • December 2013 - Christmas Special

A $23 Kickstarter pledge for Christmas which was just the books and an early preview Christmas themed OS -Kano MincePi- on an SD card for those who already had a Pi, this was limited to a run of 1000 kits.

Contents:

  • SD card loaded with Kano OS ‘Mince Pie’ v.1.0.0
  • Early version of Kano book 1 and book 2
  • Kano stickers?

KanoChristmasPledge


  • September 2014 - The Kano Kit

This is the one funded by Kickstarter, the first iteration of the kit as we know it, Pi1 B, 18,000 made?

Contents:

  • Kano protective box and sleeve
  • 8GB micro SD Card with SD card adapter, loaded with v1.x.x of the Kano OS
  • Kano Bluetooth Keyboard and white RF dongle
  • Pi 1 Model B
  • Pi 1 Model B Kano case and case lid accessories
  • Green wifi dongle
  • Kano case speaker
  • Red power cable and EU/UK/US relevant plug
  • Yellow HDMI cable
  • Two Kano Instruction story booklets
  • Selection of Kano sticker sheets

Latest Pi1 compatible Kano OS version download: v2.1.0
KanoKitPi1


  • September 2014 - Kano Keyboard Kit

A hugely popular pledge request during our Kickstarter campaign, simply a Kano keyboard bundle for those people who already had a Pi but wanted to be a part of our Kickstarter.

Contents:

  • Keyboard box
  • Kano Bluetooth Keyboard with white RF dongle
  • Box inserts and stickers?

KanoKeyboard


  • January 2015 - The Gold Kano Kit

A Kano kit with a gold coloured sleeve, a piece of history made to thank all the Kano employees who had worked on the Kano project, only 50 ever made.

Contents:

  • Kano protective box and Gold sleeve
  • 8GB micro SD Card with SD card adapter, loaded with v1.x.x of the Kano OS
  • Kano Bluetooth Keyboard and white RF dongle
  • Pi 1 Model B
  • Pi 1 Model B Kano case and case lid accessories
  • Green wifi dongle
  • Kano case speaker
  • Red power cable and EU/UK/US relevant plug
  • Yellow HDMI cable
  • Two Kano Instruction story booklets
  • Selection of Kano sticker sheets

Latest Pi1 compatible Kano OS version download: v2.1.0
KanoGold


  • February 2014 - The Kano Kit

Now upgraded to Pi 1 B+ - four USB ports instead of two, with much better power management, also the Pi now had a Micro SD card slot instead of a full SD card slot.

Contents:

  • Kano protective box and sleeve
  • 8GB micro SD Card with SD card adapter, loaded with v1.x.x of the Kano OS
  • Kano Bluetooth Keyboard and white RF dongle
  • Pi 1 Model B+
  • Pi 1 Model B+ Kano case and case lid accessories
  • Green wifi dongle
  • Kano case speaker
  • Red power cable and EU/UK/US relevant plug
  • Yellow HDMI cable
  • Two Kano Instruction story booklets
  • Selection of Kano sticker sheets

Latest Pi1 compatible Kano OS version download: v2.1.0
KanoB%20Hardware


  • May 2015 - The Kano powerup kit

Only 500 made, designed as an upgrade to the first kit which turns the Pi1 from the first kit into a programmable LED board while making use of old speaker and keyboard by providing a blue riser bumper to raise the height of the speaker to work with the new Pi2 included in the powerup kit.

Contents:

  • Powerup Kit box and sleeve
  • Powerup kit Instruction story booklet
  • Green ethernet cable
  • Red double-ended power cable (to power old Pi1 and new Pi2 simultaneously).
  • Lightshow SD card adapter and new 8GB micro SD card
  • Pi 2 model B
  • Pi 2 model B Kano case
  • Blue rubber speaker raiser
  • Powerup Kit light board
  • Sticker sheets

Latest Kano LED Lightshow OS version download: v2.1.0
Latest Pi2 compatible Kano OS version download: v3.16.0
KanoPowerupKit


  • May 2015 - The Kano Kit

The Pi2 version of our base kit.

Contents:

  • Kano protective box and sleeve
  • 8GB micro SD Card with SD card adapter, loaded with v2.x.x of the Kano OS
  • Kano Bluetooth Keyboard and white RF dongle
  • Pi 2 Model B
  • Pi 2 Model B Kano case and case lid accessories
  • Green wifi dongle
  • Kano case speaker
  • Red power cable and EU/UK/US relevant plug
  • Yellow HDMI cable
  • Two Kano instruction story booklets
  • Selection of Kano sticker sheets
  • Kano ownership certificate

Latest Pi2 compatible Kano OS version download: v3.16.0
KanoPi2Kit


  • November 2015 - The Screen kit

Kano’s first delve into the world of screens.

Contents:

  • Kano Screen Kit Box and Yellow sleeve
  • Kano Screen Kit Instruction story booklet
  • Kano screen panel
  • Kano screen panel case
  • Kano screen driverboard cover
  • Kano screen button assembly
  • Kano screen button ribbon cable
  • Kano short yellow HDMI cable
  • Double ended red power cable
  • Pixel inspector magnifier
  • Kano sticker sheets

KanoScreenKit


  • March/April 2016 - The Kano Kit

The Pi3 version of our base kit. This was one of the biggest changes to our core product since the switch to the B+, the Pi3 had onboard wifi and Bluetooth which meant we no longer needed to package a separate wifi dongle, also the Pi3 was 50% faster than Pi2.

Contents:

  • Kano protective box and sleeve
  • 8GB micro SD Card with SD card adapter, loaded with v3.x.x of the Kano OS
  • Kano Keyboard and white RF dongle
  • Pi 3 Model B
  • Pi 3 Model B Kano case and case lid accessories
  • Kano case speaker
  • Red power cable and EU/UK/US relevant plug
  • Yellow HDMI cable
  • Instruction story booklet
  • Selection of Kano sticker sheets
  • Kano ownership certificate

Latest Pi3 compatible Kano OS version download: v4.1.0 - 8gb / v4.1.0 - 16gb
KanoKitPi3


  • June 2017 - Pixel Kit Kickstarter edition

In September 2016, we launched our second Kickstarter campaign, this campaign was our first step away from our Raspberry Pi based experience we have been renowned for. These kits work are compatible with Windows, Mac and Kano OS’s.

The Kickstarter version of our Pixel Kit differs between the retail version in a few key areas:

  • The PCB in the Kickstarter Kit is a microcomputer, and capable of storing and running games, apps, and internet connected creations that you have made in Kano Code as a standalone device.
  • The Kickstarter kit has no onboard memory and relies on an 8GB micro SD card (included).
  • The Kickstarter version includes a separate USB tilt sensor.
  • A push power button (retail is a slide power button).

Contents:

  • Kickstarter Pixel Kit board
  • Pixel Kit battery
  • 8GB Micro SD card
  • USB tilt sensor
  • Pixel Kit case
  • Pixel Kit buttons
  • Pixel Kit dial
  • Pixel Kit joystick
  • Pixel Kit lanyard
  • Red USB / Data cable
  • LED plastic filter (to soften the lights).
  • Pixel Kit box
  • Instruction story booklet
  • Stickers

Download: kano.me/app
KanoPixelKitKS


  • July 2017 - Pixel Kit retail edition

The retail version of our Pixel Kit, this kit differs from the Kickstarter Pixel Kit in a few key ways:

  • The PCB in the retail pixel kit is a micro-controller, and capable of storing and running animations as a stand-alone device. To run apps, games, and internet connected creations, you need to be tethered to your computer by USB cable, or Wi-Fi
  • The retail pixel kit contains 16MB of onboard memory as opposed to a separate SD card.
  • No USB Tilt Sensor

Contents:

  • Retail Pixel Kit board
  • Pixel Kit battery
  • Pixel Kit case
  • Pixel Kit buttons
  • Pixel Kit dial
  • Pixel Kit joystick
  • Pixel Kit lanyard
  • Red USB / Data cable
  • LED plastic filter (to soften the lights).
  • Pixel Kit box
  • Instruction story booklet
  • Stickers

Download: kano.me/app
KanoPixelKitRetail


  • August 2017 - Motion sensor kit

Our simplest and most affordable kit so far, compatible with Kano, Windows and Mac OS’s via the Kano Code application. The USB sensor detects movement in front of/above the sensors receptacle.

Contents:

  • Motion Sensor Box
  • USB Motion sensor
  • USB extension cable
  • Suction cup mount
  • Instruction story booklet
  • Stickers

Download: kano.me/app
KanoMotionSensorKit


  • September/October? 2017 - Kano Kit Lite

Known as the CKL/CK17 - The Pi3 version of our Kano kit, no longer with a speaker, but instead replacing the speaker with a light ring and a power button.

Contents:

  • Kano protective box and sleeve
  • 8GB micro SD Card with SD card adapter, loaded with v3.x.x of the Kano OS
  • Kano Keyboard and white RF dongle
  • Pi 3 Model B
  • Pi 3 Model B Kano case and case lid accessories
  • LED Light ring with power reset button
  • Red power cable and EU/UK/US relevant plug
  • Yellow HDMI cable
  • Instruction story booklet
  • Selection of Kano sticker sheets

Latest Pi3 compatible Kano OS version download: v4.1.0 - 8gb / v4.1.0 - 16gb
KanoCKL


  • November? 2017 - Kano Computer Kit (Argentina)

This was an Argentinan specific version of our kit which came with a Spanish layout keyboard and a custom version of our OS which had a large portion of the OS translated to Argentinian Spanish.

Latest Pi3 compatible Kano OS Argentina Spanish version download: v3.9.0


  • November 2017 - The Computer Kit Complete

Our first complete computer kit which contains all the basics you need to get started straight away, all in one package.

Contents:

  • Computer Kit Complete Box
  • Screen
  • Screen case
  • Pi3 computer and case mount
  • Speaker and case mount
  • USB Microphone
  • USB hub and case mount
  • Power button board
  • Battery and case mount
  • Short red internal power cable
  • Long red internal splitter power cable
  • Long red external power cable
  • Red power adapter
  • HDMI cable
  • Cable tidy case mount
  • 8GB Micro SD card and adapter
  • Instruction story booklet
  • Stickers

Latest Pi3 compatible Kano OS version download: v4.1.0 - 8gb / v4.1.0 - 16gb
KanoCKC


  • September 2018 - The Computer Kit Touch

An advancement of our computer kit complete, now with a touchscreen!

Contents:

  • Computer Kit touch Box
  • Touchscreen
  • Screen case
  • Pi3 computer and case mount
  • Speaker and case mount
  • USB Microphone
  • USB hub and case mount
  • Power button board
  • Battery and case mount
  • Orange USB touchscreen driver cable
  • Short red internal power cable
  • Long red internal splitter power cable
  • Long red external power cable
  • Red power adapter
  • HDMI cable
  • Cable tidy case mount
  • 16GB Micro SD card and adapter
  • Instruction story booklet
  • Stickers

Latest Pi3 compatible Kano OS version download: v4.1.0 - 8gb / v4.1.0 - 16gb
KanoCKT


  • October 2018 - The Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit

Our fantastic Harry Potter Potter Kano Coding kit, a wand kit that you can build yourself and code on iOS, Android, Mac and Windows

Contents:

  • Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit box
  • Wand board
  • Wand handle
  • Wand tip
  • Wand button
  • AAA battery x 2
  • Wand lanyard
  • Instruction story booklet
  • Stickers
  • Poster

Download: kano.me/app
KanoHPW



Pixel Kit - Internet enabled or tethered?
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this is a great story of this amazing device and devices :slight_smile:
great job guys. I recently discovered Kano. I am a computer engineer and I use linux and raspberry pies all the time and I bought this for my daughter. Great product.


#4

Agreed! :grin: I’ve used kano products for years!


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