Create your own electronic instrument with the Kano 'smart' Speaker Kit

Kano has made a name for itself as a creator of kid-friendly DIY computer kits, and one of its latest launches could have creative potential for music technologists.

The Speaker Kit is actually a "smart Bluetooth speaker and synthesizer". You build this yourself, and then program it using the Kano software.

Following step by step instructions, you can create a drumpad, a theremin-style synth (if you add the gesture sensor) or a voice changer. These are just ideas, of course: you can use your imagination and turn the Speaker Kit into whatever you like.

The product is currently being pitched on Kickstarter alongside the Pixel and Camera Kits, with a pledge of $99 or more securing you a Speaker Kit in July 2017 if it goes into production.

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.