Like many people we at Spectrum share a passion for video games and in particular the arcade games from our childhood. There are many ways to still enjoy these games, by visiting a local arcade (if you are lucky enough to have one), buy your own arcade machines or invest / build a multigame system (if you have both the skills and the space).
With your help Spectrum want to produce a mini arcade machine kit that is big enough to enjoy, takes up as little space as possible yet does not require a shed full of tools, specialist skills or several days to assemble. The kit we will produce will not require specialist skills, tools (other than the single tool provided) or knowledge to assemble (we envisage around an hour of your time for assembly).
Update: Thanks to feedback the next Spectrocade prototype will have 4 control panel buttons.
Why we need your help
We already have a few working prototypes (the original concept build and the first official prototype) but need to finalise the design with a final prototype. We also want to commission five different artwork sets to suit a range of tastes and styles along with a limited addition set (available only as part of the limited addition kits available only to backers). At Spectrum production quality is always a serious matter, to this end we are current evaluating the purchase of either a water cutting or laser cutting machine to allow for manufacture of the cabinet on our premises cutting down on production time and allowing an even greater control of quality, as well as providing more options for customisation in the future.
So who are we?
Spectrum Technology Solutions Limited was founded in 2014 to meet the data and communication needs of both national and international large scale businesses, as well as this more serious side Spectrum also designs and manufactures ¾ scale home arcade solutions available to the general public. This was born out of a passion of both Mark and Chris for gaming that was easy to assemble and fun to play.
Mark is a design engineer and programmer. As well as overseeing the business Mark enjoys development of both hardware and software based products and even finds time to lecture on software design and development on local Computing degree courses.
Chris is an industry veteran. Chris’s skills are based on technology solution management playing key leading roles in national and international technology projects in various industries over the last 28 years.
We also have a team of main stream associate companies that provide both manufacturing and technology advice and services.
The Spectrocade kit
The Spectrocade mini arcade cabinet will come in kit form with no tools required (as they will be supplied as part of the kit. Once assembled all you will need to do is add the Raspberry Pi of your choice (Raspberry Pi A+, B+ and the Raspberry Pi 2 are supported).
Assembly is child’s play and we estimate the maximum of an hour for assembly (we also plan to upload a video of a child assembling the kit to prove it). Once you have added the Pi of your choice either add your games to your SD card or remote connect from your PC or Mac then upload your games.
What will the finished Spectrocade Kit include?
- All cabinet panels and fixings (three bolts per side and component screws)
- 9” LCD display driver board, remote and fixings (screen supports SVGA, HDMI and Composite inputs)
- Amplifier board
- Voltage control components
- Arcade Joysticks, buttons, interface and wiring
- Power Supply (and related wiring) - Raspberry Pi power supply will not required
- SD Card image with operating system, front end and legal emulators (supplied by download link)
If we exceed our funding target there are additional areas we would like to develop
The additional of a second controller port: To allow two player games (after all its more fun to play against another person in the room).
Design and development of a second control pad: Keeping in theme with the original Spectrocade and of course using arcade controls.
Integrated headphone jack: Continue playing without the noise in your own private game world.
Bespoke artwork: We will commission five different sets of complete artwork to suit a range of styles.
Risks and challenges
We already have a working prototype which we are currently using to evaluate components and create a final supply chain list. The next step is to ensure that the chosen suppliers can continuously supply quality components that will become part of the finished Spectrocade Kit.
A second prototype will also be required to ensure that revisions to the design are workable. Packaging still needs to be designed and a suitable supplier sourced.
With your help we would also like to bring all of the whole of the manufacturing process in house to ensure quality standards are met.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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