Hi Kickstarter friends.
We are back with a new update, this time focused on the Speaker Kit. As Alex shared on our last backer update, the product team has been putting a big focus into evolving the Speaker Kit and getting new capabilities added to it. We’re working on a revised design for both the hardware but also the software, which has us pretty excited. Today we’re happy to share our vision for the Speaker Kit with you.
Right now, we’re focusing on four key user experiences for this kit:
- Build your own Bluetooth speaker from the ground up, as per our “make your own…” motto.
- Experiment with sound waves and discover the secret science of how speakers work, the demystification of sound.
- Learn to code DJ tracks, sound effects, synthesizers and more with step-by-step challenges, in true Kano fashion, to get you creating and making your own music loops, tracks and effects.
- Code your own beamforming microphones. This is a technology most voice assistants use in today’s world to detect your 3D position when you are talking to them.
On top of the features we discussed originally, the team has been working hard to expand on the concept and capabilities of the Speaker Kit, and have been able to add some very interesting possibilities to what we’re aiming for. The revised list will now include (in addition to what was announced originally):
Audio Input and Output over Bluetooth - This will let you use the speaker with your Bluetooth devices to play music, but also to act as a microphone and record audio to your devices.
Programmable inputs/outputs - The shape and form of these inputs is looking slightly different from the ones we anticipated, with the current list including:
- Rotary Encoders - Analogue potentiometers you can use as inputs for your projects.
- Digital buttons, you can use them as inputs for your code creations.
- RGB LEDs - Customizable LEDs to provide visual feedback, move with the music or act as decoration.
- Microphones - Combined to form a beamforming microphone.
- Speaker - To output the audio
All existing Kano Code software features plus:
But how is it different from a regular Bluetooth Speaker?
You can use the Speaker Kit as a regular Bluetooth speaker, connected to your phone, tablet or audio system to play your favorite tunes, but that doesn’t make it a very special speaker by itself. Instead, the Speaker Kit truly comes to life when connected to the Kano software over Bluetooth, where it becomes “hackable”.
You can program its rotary encoders to control sound effects and alter the pitch and speed of the music, or use the buttons to play samples, code the 8 RGB lights to animate to sound and much more. It becomes a codeable music production device, as well as a playback device.
Having access to the Kano software suite also enables you to access Kano World, the online learning community where you can share your projects, see what others are doing, remix their creations and learn from more than 150.000 makers all over the world. This transforms the Speaker Kit into the gateway to a collaborative community of creative coders and musicians to be inspired from.
When will I get my Speaker Kit?
We can confirm we are on track to deliver the Speaker Kit in Q2 2019. As discussed previously, if you feel like you want to change your pledge or get a refund, you can always get in touch with us.
We’ll be back on your inboxes next month with more updates, as always, thanks for the patience and the support.