Coding can seem like some sort of dark magic for those not well versed in the skill. A screen full of numbers and letters can seem like a whole lot of nothing to. If you’ve been curious about learning to code, look no further.
The DIY computer company, Kano, has released a new addition to its ‘learn to code’ line of products. The new product is the brightly colored motion sensor kit. The product comes along with the Kano application that teaches aspiring coders to translate movement into real data that can quickly and easily be applied to app and game development.
The development kit is available for $30 and includes a USB motion sensor that can attached to any Windows or Mac computer or the original Kano Computer kit. The Kano kit comes with an easy to follow guide complete with a number of beginner’s coding puzzles and challenges. With this coding kit, new developers are able to recreate their own versions of video game classics like Pong or build their own song using virtual instruments.
While the puzzles aren’t necessarily incredibly complex, they do offer an approachable access point for those looking to make their way into coding. By pulling down the veil surrounding motion detection technology, coding just got a lot less mysterious.
The Kano kit can be plugged into other Kano products as well, and will allow for code exploration that extends well beyond the introductory tutorials. For example, by connecting Kano to the Pixel light board, users can code a way to allow for light-sensitive power.. By connecting the Kano Motion Kit to the Kano Camera, users can also program the product to take pictures whenever movement is detected.
The kit includes a suction cup for attaching the sensor to any surface, a USB cable, one storybook guide, a motion sensor, stickers, and over 30 challenges.