Kano Pixel Kit’s grid of lights will unleash your inner coder

DIY light fantastic
11 July 2017

Pining for the days of hackable hardware, but lacking any sort of programming ability? Grab a Kano Pixel Kit (£75). Snap this dinky disco thing together and, after briefly blinding you with its eye-searing grid of LEDs, the tiny unit will have you hacking together dazzling interactive light shows. Using drag-and-drop components in the Mac/PC/Kano app, it sneakily teaches unsuspecting fiddlers the fundamentals of programming, letting them fashion anything from a chunky weather app to a glowing animated Mario. And, when sensors show up later this year, you’ll be able to take things further, such as using the tripwire sensor to have the Pixel Kit sear a thief’s retinas should they try to steal it.

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