This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
On November 10, Seibundo Shinkosha launched the “Jibun-Senyou (my own personal use) PC Kit 3”, a computer kit for children with a Raspberry Pi 4.
The Jibun-Senyou PCs have previously been released in 2017 and 2018 by Kodomo-no-Kagaku (Children's Science), a science magazine for elementary and middle school students, but the new products are powered by the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B with 2GB of RAM. It's even more powerful and also adds a laptop kit to the line-up, which has been highly requested.
The base set includes a Raspberry Pi 4 Model B and a special case, as well as a keyboard and mouse, power adapter, micoSD card, and HDMI cable. It also comes with the Raspberry Pi OS for Kodomo-no-Kagaku specifications, which includes a Japanese language environment and other features, so it's ready to go when you connect it to a TV or monitor.
There's also a full set that comes with a mobile display, and a renewal set that omits the keyboard, mouse, and cables for those who have the previous model. Note that the laptop type full set allows the mobile display to be attached to a keyboard with a leather case, and the display is not housed in a clamshell chassis.
On the Jibun-Senyou PC, you can browse websites, watch videos, and with Scratch 3.0 installed, you can also learn programming. It's not something you'd buy for general computer use, but it may be suitable for kids to learn how it works and how to program while reading a magazine series.
The price is 13,750 yen for the renewal set, 17,600 yen for the basic set, 28,600 yen for the full set with a display, and 29,700 yen for the laptop type full set (all taxes included).
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