Tech specs & FAQ




Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10

1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 64-bit (x64) processor

2 GB ram

Apple OSX

macOS 10.9 or later

Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, or Xeon processor (64 bit intel processor)

2 GB ram

Kano Computer Kit

Kano OS 3.11

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B

Tech specs

48Mhz 32-bit Microcontroller
USB Port
Proximity Sensor, Gesture Sensor
Proximity Detection, Gesture Detection
Requires laptop or computer
OS X, or Windows 7 and above Kano Computer with Raspberry Pi 3
Parental Info
Motion Sensor Kit is for ages 6+, no technical knowledge required.


What is the Motion Sensor Kit?

Our simplest coding kit, for movers, shakers and makers. Make music and games, controlled by waving and swiping your hand. Learn to code with 30 step-by-step challenges, and play with endless community creations.

Can I play with 2 Sensors at once?

Yes! As long as you have USB ports available, you can add as many Motion Sensor Kits as you’d like. Use them together for multiplayer games, to create orchestras , and keep two hands busy.

What is the recommended age for the Motion Sensor Kit?

The Motion Sensor Kit can be enjoyed by everyone, beginners and experienced makers of all ages. Typically, we recommend a starting point of beginners aged 6+, but children who can read/write might start earlier.

Is adult supervision necessary with the Motion Sensor Kit?

Children aged 6-8 years may need some parental supervision, reading the storybook and assembling the components. Other than that, no... unless adults in the room want to learn more about code!

How does it work?

The Motion Sensor Kit measures distance and direction. It knows how close your hand (or other object) is and turns this into data a computer can understand. The sensor connects to Mac, PC, Kano Computer Kit and Pixel Kit.

Do I need a Kano Computer Kit to use the Motion Sensor Kit?

No, you don’t need a Kano Computer Kit. But you do need a computer.

How do I set it up?

First, build your own Motion Sensor Kit, guided by a storybook included in the box. Then plug your Kit into the USB port of your computer (Kano, Mac, Windows) and download the Kano app.

Does it need to be connected to the internet?

Yes. An internet connection is needed in order to download the Kano app for the first time, to use the app, and to control your Motion Sensor Kit.

How do I learn to code with the Motion Sensor Kit?

The Motion Sensor Kit includes several ready-made projects that teach you how to code, including apps, games, and step-by-step coding challenges.

What language do you code in?

To build your creations, you will be using event-based block coding, which is a great introduction to real life code with the simple use of blocks. You can also look at the code you have created in Javascript.

Can I create my own projects?

Yes, you can create your own projects. The Motion Sensor Kit gives you all the tools you need to start making your own music, games, animations and art. You can also share your creations so others can remix them and make them their own.

I’m an educator, how do I find out about using the Motion Sensor Kit in schools?

Please get in touch with our Education team. They will be happy to help with bulk orders, lesson plans and ideas for incorporating the Motion Sensor Kit into your curriculum.

I have a question that’s not in this FAQ, how can I get in touch with someone?

No problem! Contact our Customer Care team and they will be happy to help. You can also reach us on Twitter and Facebook.