Kano has launched its second-generation Windows 10-based hybrid PC, which was developed specifically for educational purposes.
The new system will run on the Intel Celeron N4000 SoC, which promises better performance than the previously used SoC, and will continue to ship with custom learning tools.
Since the start of the OLPC project over a decade ago, the vast majority of low-cost educational PCs have used Linux and its derivatives, which has largely limited its popularity in industrialized countries. Kano, a manufacturer of educational PCs, eventually understood these limitations and partnered with Microsoft to offer a Windows-based machine that was primarily designed for children and learners.
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In contrast to conventional laptops and tablets, the Kano PC, which can be used as a tablet and as a laptop as soon as it is connected to a special keyboard, does not work immediately and must be assembled by the owner.
Attaching a battery and speaker is of course not a difficult task, but for a small child this is a big deal. The process binds the owner somewhat to his PC and therefore makes him a little more personal. Kano also offers modular and adaptable accessories – webcam, headphones and mouse.
To add a high-tech element to the design, the Kano PC has a transparent back, on which some of its internals are visible. While the system's design is modular, the developer says it is robust and will survive bumps in life as well as its young owners.
The 2nd generation Kano PC has an 11.6-inch touchscreen display that resists a steel ball that has fallen from a height of one meter. The system is based on Intel Celeron N4000 Gemini Lake SoC with a 6W TDP, which is a decent upgrade from the previously used Intel Atom x5-z8350 SoC with a 2 W TDP that was released in early 2016. Other internal components are 4 GB RAM, 64 GB eMMC memory and a Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 5.0 module. According to the latest trends, the PC uses a USB-C port for charging. According to Kano, the system lasts up to 10 hours on one charge.
The key element of the Kano PC is its software. On the device, Windows 10 Home runs with custom learning tools and comes with a pre-installed Kano software studio that connects computers with practical projects, history, and the arts.
"The education sector is undergoing massive technological change, and our collaboration with Kano is really driving the vision of" Technology for All "," said Jordan Chrysafidis, general manager, Worldwide Education Device Sales, Microsoft.
"Together, we deliver high quality, accessible, and affordable Windows-based devices combined with a custom curriculum that teaches design, coding, 3D modeling, and more, and enables Kano users to become digital developers."
The 2nd generation Kano PC is now available in the U.S. for $ 299 directly from the company, Microsoft, and Best Buy.
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