Build-Your-Own Kit Teaches How Computers Work, Inside and Out
A crowd-funding project has yielded what could be considered a high-tech erector set: a build-it-from-scratch computer kit that teaches children and adults about computers and basic coding. According to the web site Mashable, the development team behind the Kano kit want to help people of all ages learn how a computer functions. Powered by a Raspberry Pi computing module, the kit includes two instruction manuals, an 8GB SD card, a keyboard and a case as well as an operating system and a visual programming dynamic that allows users to develop with code blocks. Launched as a Kickstarter project with the goal of securing $100,000 in funding, the project has already raised more than $580,000. The kit, which costs $119, is scheduled to ship worldwide in July 2014.
iPhone’s China Manufacturer To Invest $10M in Carnegie Mellon University
PITTSBURGH - Foxconn Technology Group, the China-based maker of Apple’s iPhone, plans to invest $10 million in Carnegie Mellon University for research and development programs. The Pittsburgh Business Times reports CMU will be working with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Foxconn to integrate robotics and advanced manufacturing techniques into the company's manufacturing process. The investment in CMU is part of a $40 million plan to bring high-tech manufacturing jobs to the Pennsylvania. Foxconn's flagship company, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., will reportedly invest $30 million over two years to build a high-tech manufacturing facility in Harrisburg, creating about 500 jobs. Hon Hai currently has a facility in Harrisburg that employs about 30 people, according to Bloomberg.