Kano has been an undeniable success story. The company, which began life as a Kickstarter project, had shipped north of 200,000 of its Raspberry Pi coding kits by the end of last year. 2017 also saw the company raise a $28 millionÂ round and get backing from Sesame Street’s Sesame Ventures.
Today, the company is announcing another key licensing deal that brings one of kids’ litâ€™s most beloved characters to the hardware ecosystem. And unlike the Sesame Street announcement, this one is launching with a hardware product in tow. The Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit is more than just a branded version of the standard kit, however.
The system is built around a â€œbuild it yourselfâ€� wand that utilizes an on-board gyroscope, accelerometer and magnetometer to interact with coding content on-screen. That are 70-plus â€œwizard challengesâ€� that utilize various pieces of Harry Potter IP. The young coders create different lines that associate actions with wand movements. So, lift the wand and owls appear. Twist it and a bell rings. You get the basic drift.
The kit is the first piece of Harry Potter merchandise aimed at helping kids learn STEM. Itâ€™s compatible with iOS and Android tablets and Windows and Mac computers. Itâ€™s up for pre-order and will hit retail October 1, priced at $100. Thatâ€™s about half the price of the full Kano Computer Kit.
Source: Techcrunch Disrupt