Exertis announces deal for Kane Computer Kits, including new Harry Potter wand

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Exertis has struck a new deal with Kano Computing for the distribution of its DIY computing kits, including a brand-new Harry Potter wand set, designed to help beginners of all ages get to grips technology and coding.

The Kano Computer Kit includes all the necessary parts required to construct a portable Linux-based computer without the need for any tools, alongside a comprehensive, yet easy to follow, instruction manual for beginners.

Through the Kano OS operating system and the Story Mode app, users can then learn basic computing programming concepts by undertaking a series of fun-packed coding challenges. The system also comes equipped with a number of additional preloaded Kano educational apps, including Hack Minecraft, Make Pong, Make Snake, Make Art and Make Light.

The move follows Kano’s recently-announced partnership with Warner Bros Consumer Products that has seen the computing firm release the Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit – a first-of-its-kind, build-it-yourself interactive wand.

Compatible with iOS and Android tablets, as well as both Windows and Mac computers, the Harry Potter kit includes 70 step-by-step challenges, a gyroscope, accelerometer and magnetometer to detect its position. Users can then use the wand to cast more than 30 signature Wizarding World spells through gesture recognition.

“The Kano Computer Kit teaches beginners important computing concepts and programming skills. It’s a complete package to get adults or kids understanding technology and code and can be used both in the home or in schools,” said Alex Croft, commercial director at Exertis Home.

“We are delighted to be offering this product to our retailers and online stores and expect it to be a great consumer product for Christmas and for teachers to use in primary education. The addition of the Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit will only add to the growing interest in the range.”

The Kano kits are available now, starting from £29.99 SRP for the Motion Sensor Kit, to £99.99 SRP for the Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit, whilst the Computer Kit retails for £149.99 SRP.

“Our goal is to demystify technology,” said Alex Klein, CEO and co-founder of Kano. “Just as using computers became mainstream a generation ago, understanding and coding them is becoming so now. We’re excited to partner with Exertis to make our range of kits more readily available across the UK.”

Daniel Todd

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