The Piper Computer Kit was one of the last Top Picks of 2016 here at Techaeris — and for good reason. The company announced at CES 2017 that they are turning the STEM kit into a STEAM (science, tech, electronics, arts, and mathematics) kit with the launch of ImagineOS. The new OS introduces 3D printing functionality and gives its users the ability to create and share digital music.
“Through our ImagineOS update, we’ve been able to further Piper’s already cutting-edge technology adding an art component to our already successful STEM learning program. We are creating an environment that will continue to inspire our young inventors,” said Mark Pavlyukovskyy, co-founder of Piper. “ImagineOS will take a complex concept that not many adults understand, one being 3D printing, and through game-play, translate it into a natural and comprehendible language that helps develop creative confidence in kids. Never before has one single product provided kids with a variety of functionality like the ImagineOS update will give to Pipers’ users.”
The new Piper 3D printing PowerUp within ImagineOS lets you bring your Piper digital world to real life. With Piper, kids must connect wires and components to build the hardware they need to PowerUp the game. Once the Materializer component is built, users create an area within their Piper world for the Materializer to scan. That scan can then be sent to a 3D printer to physically create the object.
PipHop is the first ever music sequencer that will allow kids to program, play, record and share music as easy as placing blocks in Minecraft: Pi Edition. Initially, PipHop will feature a piano and a drum kit, further updates will include new instruments, scales and microphone inputs. The sequencer will allow kids to record up to 30 seconds of PipHop, which is then saved into a folder as an mp3 file for sharing.
The Piper Computer Kit comes with everything an 8-14 year-old needs to assemble their own computer, including a Raspberry Pi 3 microcomputer, an HD LCD display, a power bank, a speaker, and a puzzle-like wooden case that kids assemble to house their computers. Recently, the company launched PiperEDU, a new product for K-12 educators that allows Piper’s products, powered by Raspberry Pi 3, to be seamlessly integrated into classrooms all over the world.
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Last Updated on January 5, 2017.