Kano’s Second Kickstarter Achieves $500,000 Goal; Receives Funding Support From Apple Co-Founder & Grammy-Winning Composer

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With nearly one week until its second Kickstarter comes to an end, tech startup Kano has successfully secured its initial $500,000 funding target. The company launched the initiative last month for its new creative computer systems. Reportedly, the project received return support from backer Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple, and new support from Nile Rodgers, the Grammy-winning composer and producer.

kano-2The new computer sets are the following:

  • The Camera Kit: a five mega-pixel code able camera equipped with a Tripwire Sensor to design flashes/filters, and use data triggers to make images, videos, and gifs.
  • The Pixel Kit: a light board that has 128 dazzling pixels and a Tilt Sensor to build games. It also has a visualize real world data sourced from the cloud and create artwork in 1.7 million colors.
  • The Speaker Kit: a smart programmable speaker with a Gesture Sensor to record, control and synthesize the user’s own sounds and electronic music.

Each of the three kits is powered by a new kind of single-board computer, the “Kano Brain,” which connects to other devices over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. They will also have a Kano Sensor, which works with existing USB compatible hardware such as laptops and desktop computers. Each kit runs with Kano Code, a new coding tool, and Kano World, an online community platform.

kano-1Speaking about Kano’s funding success, co-founder and CEO, Alex Klein stated:

“Kano’s global community of makers, technologists, teachers and beginner-level coders from 86 countries continues to drive our mission to be the first-ever end to end computing platform for all ages. We are overwhelmed by the positive response to our new computing system, and look forward to bringing physical and digital creative computing concepts to even more people around the world.”

The campaign is set to close on October 27th.


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