Build your own computer with a step-by-step book, Raspberry Pi 3, programmable LED lights, DIY case, power button, wireless keyboard with track pad, 8GB MicroSD card, HDMI and power cables, stickers, Kano operating system, 100+ coding challenges, and 100+ apps
Plugs into any HDMI screen. Browse the internet, watch YouTube, write stories, 100+ apps, with 3 levels of parental controls
@Oneroundrobb- Yea, that’s my state of affairs. I get low on cash this time of the month. My gift giving was low, but my Liquor & Beer bill was a bit higher than normal! Meh should offer the higher priced @ the beginning of the month. Come on meh, help us retired oldies & disabled vets out. I guess i shoulda posted this as my comment! My Bad, Oneroundrobbin!!
My only minor quibble is with the SD card. 8GB is not unusable, but it doesn’t leave a ton of room for your data.
$35 for the Pi and roughly $34 of accessories. The bluetooth keyboard is the most expensive part at around $15. Plus a couple of bucks for the case, a couple of bucks for the SD card, a few more for the cable, and that light board is probably $10 or so in bulk. Overall not a bad deal.
@craigthom@evbarnstormer I hope you guys are right because I have a high school senior that is terrified of computers. I hope this gets her on better terms with technology.
@craigthom@sammydog01 save all the links from the writeup! This is all linux based so hopefully won’t be too overwhelming to someone shy about computers, but the best tech skill one can learn is how to find the right answer.
Flabbergasted. My wife and I paid $130 + tax for this exact set as my (7 y.o.) daughter’s primary Christmas gift. She absolutely loved putting it together and getting it working. She is less thrilled that our dog ate the power button. I’m considering buying another kit as a hot spare in the inevitable event the dog decides to snack on something else from the kit.
If you have a kid, you really ought to buy one of these if you can spare the money. It’s really a fun and subversively educational gift.
@BumbleBee IMO, 7 is perfect. The thing goes together like a Lego kit. When it comes to the games, a 7-year-old might need a little help reading some of the words on the screen it they’re not a strong reader yet, but it’s 185% worth the time to help them along. Then again, they could probably school us when they hit Minecraft…
I bought a pi @ target last summer, and the accessory pieces from Amazon just put of curiosity. I spent a few evenings here and there playing around with it, web surfing, but haven’t had free time to do much else. There are hundreds of youtube videos and tons of information out there with all sorts of cool projects you can use these for.
In for 2 - or maybe I should say “2 more”. I bought this exact kit for my 9 year old’s birthday this year. The Kano games are actually a means to teach the player specific computing skills. She was scooting around the OS in an afternoon without realizing that she learned anything useful.
So, I’m setting one of these Kanos aside for me so that I can better learn my way around Linux-based OSes. I’m get a little more fed-up with Microsoft’s nonsense with every passing Patch Tuesday. I’m tired of getting buggy “improvements”, useless new tools and apps, and practically untested patches crammed down my throat. I’m tired of holding my breath to see if a patch blows out software that I use regularly or deletes my user files or prevents my video drivers from working. Microsoft is convinced that they know more about what we want that WE do, and they’ll never listen to reason as long as corporate dollars speak louder.
So, I’m beyond ready to ditch Windows 10, but I’m not comfortable enough with Linux-based OSes yet, so tinkering with drivers, etc. is a tad beyond my current comfort level. I want to have enough skill to feel comfortable tinkering to make my craft machines run. I know there are good emulators out there (WINE, etc.), but again, I’d feel more comfortable with a little more basic knowledge under my belt. That’s worth every penny.
I can better learn my way around Linux-based OSes.
Just install Ubuntu from the Windows Store. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/ubuntu/9nblggh4msv6 Yes, it’s real Ubuntu with the official packages from the Ubuntu repo. (Caveat: well, to see the UI you need some X client, so it’s more console-oriented). It can be useful sometimes, since the shell and command line utils are better. You can also just enable Hyper-V, create a VM and install Linux there. It’s very straightforward, but I can help you on your way if you want.
if a patch blows out software that I use regularly
Pro tip: A ninja cannot blow out your software if it does not exist in the first place,
lol^2 Tell that to Linus Torvalds
How about your non-working video drivers deleting your user files? Automation!
I want to have enough skill to feel comfortable tinkering to make my craft machines run. I’d feel more comfortable with a little more basic knowledge under my belt. That’s worth every penny.
Go for it ASAP. Learning is great.
And the more you know, the less polarized you’ll become. You’ll learn that every system has its own quirks. It’s own ways to make you go “WTF?! Why would anyone do that?”. You’ll learn strengths and weaknesses of different systems and tools.
Take a closer look at that keyboard, as it has some pretty crucial differences from your standard 104-key layout. The brackets, braces, pipe, colon, and semicolon are chorded keypresses on the number row. Trying to write JS, Java, or any C-like language on this thing would be an exquisite nightmare. Heck, you’re going to have a rough time writing a Bash script if it gives you terminal access.
I don’t know what kinds of programming languages this intends to teach children, but doing so on that keyboard just might qualify as child abuse.
@masterhibb An eager child won’t be bothered by bad keyboard layouts. For the first few years the Pi was available, it wasn’t uncommon to come across a child using an American layout keyboard with the OS configured for British layout. This misconfiguration puts a half dozen keys in the wrong place. The kids weren’t afraid to hit wrong keys, so they just tried them all and found where those symbols were. The OS defaulted to a British keyboard, and it wasn’t obvious that you could use raspiconfig to change it.
This keyboard layout is labeled, so there isn’t really a challenge.
Adults like me are not so flexible. I have a collection of keyboards. If I don’t like the keyboard on a student’s Pi, I plug in one I like. Actually I often plug in a second keyboard so we can both type without swapping the keyboard back and forth. Good for commands like sudo apt-get install vim
@hamjudo Not only that, but checking out some of the coding challenges on their site, a lot of it is drag-n-drop graphical programming, which this would be perfectly adequate for. It would also be a great starting point for anyone wanting to stream videos off of a NAS or another computer, or emulate retro games (might want to grab a couple heat sinks if you’re into that, though).
For the target market, it looks fine. That said, any adult (or young adult) looking to learn programming beyond the basic fundamentals or learn Linux will find a key component of this kit exceedingly frustrating, and at that point, I would recommend purchasing a RasPi by itself, especially if you already have some of the components of this kit (like a keyboard and HDMI cable, which is really all the rest of this kit contains–get a bigger SD card, too, as you will open yourself up to more Linux options). Just remember to get a RasPi-specific power supply, as they are higher-powered than even a generic fast-charging USB adapter.
I can now demonstrate real 'puters to my students in a proper manner. Now I only need permission to veer from my usual teaching position to go with it. Please, please stamp out state mandated testing so I can!!! Thank you.
@ML The first step in serious education reform is electing legislators that realize that public education is important and a good thing. Here in Michigan, legislators wrote laws with the assumption that teachers and students were the enemy. Or at least it sure seemed that way.
I must be missing something. A pi3 is only $35. OS is free. An SD card is $5 a case is $5. And who doesn’t have spare SD cards and HDMI cables. A case isn’t required. Everyone must already have a non crappy keyboard to plug in. It doesn’t need to be wireless for this use case Or just ssh in. $69 sounds nuts for what this is. Never mind $130.
@unksol Agreed. I’ve been wondering why this type of kit is so expensive ever since I first saw one at a tech conference. Pi-Ceed, Pi-Top, et al are far too overpriced for what they are. The most expensive piece of equipment in these kits by far is the display, and as a manufacturer, you’d think these companies would be able to get them for less than retail. Don’t get me wrong, I fully support what these kits are aimed at doing. It’s just that I think the price point excludes the vast majority of kids/students that could truly benefit from these kits.
Mine (finally) says “Shipped”!!
Poor the MEH, (avalanche of orders and emails recently) too much success
Delivery date is Just in time for my grandson’s birthday
Thanks, Mr. Meh, my grandson should be delighted.