Kanos is a project revolving around allowing children to build and code a computer in an simple and fun way. The purpose of the project is to inspire in next generation an interest in coding and interacting with technology further than just on the consumer level. What I personally admire about the project is that it allows programming to be accessible and easy from an early age, something I personally wish I had access to as a kid.
The project started with writer and designer Alex Klein, venture capitalist Saul Klein, and entrepreneur Yonatan Raz-Friedman. Work started on Kano in November 2012, 200 prototypes were made by Alex and Yonatan in April 2013, the month-long Kickstarter campaign launched in November 2013 (raising $1,522,160 making it Kickstarter’s most crowdfunded learning invention ever and the third most-funded design project), and the first 18,000 kits wee sent out to 86 countries in September 2014. As of March 2015, over five million lines of code has already been created with Kano.
At this point the project is continuing to expand with twenty-one people on the team and recently in May 2015 they announced their fastest ever Kano computer. Despite meeting the initial goal of the project, the team continues to develop and improve upon Kano, coming out with improved and better models.
If you want to find out more about the project, check out Kano.