Updated on June 9, 2024

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Created on October 7, 2018

Kio Kit

The Kio Kit is a di­gital edu­ca­tion tool­box en­abling schools in emer­ging mar­kets to ac­cess on­line edu­ca­tional tools for bet­ter learn­ing.

Developed By
  1. BRCK
Tested By
  • BRCK
Content Partners
Unknown

Author

Product Description

Kio kit is a ready-to-use box of digital education tools designed for schools in low-income communities in primarily emerging markets.

The kits come packed with 40 Kio tablets, preloaded with engaging educational content divided into three key sections: academic content aligned to local curriculum, games that stimulate critical thinking, and content focused on responsible citizenship and environmental con­ser­va­tion. The case offers storage for the tablets as well as charging.

The tablet can run multimedia content, has enough battery to manage intermittent power, and is ruggedized to reduce breakage. Kio tablets are locked to prevent theft and ensure digital child safety.

Target SDGs

SDG 4: Quality Education

SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities

Market Suggested Retail Price

$5,000.00

Target Users (Target Impact Group)

Household

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

BRCK

Manufacturing/Building Method

The kit is manufactured in Kenya.

Intellectural Property Type

Copyright

User Provision Model

Users can obtain the product directly from BRCK.

Distributions to Date Status

Since 2013, BRCK has sold over 2,500 devices in 54 countries.

Telecommunication service required

Internet is provided by kio kit.

Level of connection service needed

WiFi is provided by kio kit.

Device(s) required

Tablets are provided by kio kit.

Additional features required

None

Permanent network connectivity required (Y/N[specify],Other [specify])

No

Two way communication (Y/N)

Yes

Usage rate (%)

Unknown.

Literacy support (Y (specify) /N)

Yes

Languages available (list)

English

Operating system and version

Android 4.4

Power requirements

Kio Kit can be powered from mains power, car battery or solar power.

eEducation application

Education equipment

Design Specifications

Kio Kit is an integrated education platform that consists of 40 Kio tablets, a SupaBRCK, and a hardened, water-resistant, lockable case that also offers wireless charging. The Kio Tablets are designed to be simple and easy-to-use for children and teachers, with the ability to tun multimedia content, enough battery to manage intermittent power, and ruggedized to reduce breakage. Kio tablets are locked to prevent theft and ensure digital child safety. The general specifications include:

  • Screen size: 7”
  • Resolution: 1024×600
  • Processor: 1.2 GHz, dual-core
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Storage Space: 4GB
  • Ruggedization: Drop resistant to 70cm, scratch, IP52 water, and dust resistant.
The lockable case is portable is ruggedized and is used for secure storage of the tablets as well as charging. There is a single plug used to charge the Kit and one button to power on the entire system.

Product Schematics

Technical Support

Provided by the manufacturer.

Replacement Components

Unknown

Lifecycle

Unknown

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

Designer specified performance targets include ruggedized, water-resistant, lockable, long battery life, and easy charging.

Vetted Performance Status

Testing performed by the manufacturer showed that after one year of use in a rural school, there were no incidences of a malfunctioning or broken screens.

Safety

No known safety hazards are related to this product.

Complementary Technical Systems

N/A

Academic Research and References

Ahmada, R., Abdulla, A., Yunus, S., Ismail, M., 2019, Teachers’ Perception on Using Kio-Kit to Enhance Teaching and Learning STEM Subjects in Zanzibar, Sustainable ICT, Education and Learning, pp. 135-144.

Cass, S., 2016, CeBIT2016: The Kio Kit Is a Classroom in a Box, IEEE Spectrum

Thomson, I., 2016, OERs taking Schools from Resource Poor to Resource Rich, PCF8 Conference Malaysia.

“BRCK | Front Page.” n.d. Brck.Com. Accessed June 9, 2024. https://brck.com/front-page/

“Kytabu Africa – AI in Kenyan Education.” n.d. Kytabu.Africa. Accessed June 9, 2024. https://kytabu.africa/

“BRCK | Page Not Found.” n.d. Brck.Com. Accessed June 9, 2024. https://brck.com/2015/09/brck-education-kio-and-kio-kit-launch/#.VgLK0VfF9Yb

“BRCK | About – Old.” n.d. Brck.Com. Accessed June 9, 2024. https://brck.com/about/

“BRCK | Contact Us – Old.” n.d. Brck.Com. Accessed June 9, 2024. https://brck.com/contact-us/

CNN. 2016. “Could This Little Black Box Beat Facebook in Race to Connect Africa?,” January 13, 2016. https://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/13/africa/kenya-tech-startup-internet-innovation/index.html

Cass, Stephen. 2016. “CeBIT2016: The Kio Kit Is a Classroom in a Box.” IEEE Spectrum. March 16, 2016. https://spectrum.ieee.org/cebit2016-the-kio-kit-is-a-classroom-in-a-box 

Compliance with regulations

BRCK has stated its product's compliance with Open Source Regulations.

Evaluation methods

Kio Kit has evaluated for durability and ease of use by both teachers and students.

Other Information

In November 2016, BRCK's Kio Kit was named top innovation at the ITU Telecom World Awards. Kio Kit was rated first in the Global SME Category of Awards. The Kio Kit won the Product Design category award at the 2017 iF Design Awards

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