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The recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum will be a Bluetooth keyboard, initially for iOS and subsequently Android / Windows phones & tablets.

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    1. Creator Simon Granville 7 days ago

      Looks great - hope this spreads much beyond Kickstarter!

    2. Creator paul robertson on February 22

      I must say it looks great I will buy another one as well.

    3. Creator Brian Dickinson on February 18

      Any more news please Steve ?

    4. Creator Paul Jacobson on February 12

      Thanks Paul M, just wondering what the deal was there as I couldn't see it in any of the mails.
      Nice to know that I might still get it =)

    5. Creator Simon Gray on February 11

      Any word on when we'll see something yet?

    6. Creator paul mclaughlin on February 2

      Had an email from Devs to confirm.

      To be clear, the prints signed by Rick Dickinson will be despatched at the same time as your main reward.

    7. Creator paul mclaughlin on February 2

      Paul, I have received nothing either

    8. Creator Paul Jacobson on January 30

      Has anyone eligible actually received a “Collectors’ Print – Signed By Rick Dickinson, Designer of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum”?
      I haven't so just wondering if I missed out or they are yet to arrive (i.e. shipped with the final unit?)

    9. Creator Simon Granville on January 28

      Never give up hope - we WILL relive the 80s!

    10. Creator Richard Rixham on January 28

      I have to say that the non-delivery of this project is very disappointing. I also increased my contribution to get the poster and not heard anything about that either. Not holding my breath for this one after all this time. :-(

    11. Creator Paolo Borzini on January 21

      Hi,
      in ten days will be a year that the project was closed. The keyboard had to be delivered in September 2014. When are you going to deliver? If delayed again, the keyboard will become Retrocomputing as the ZX Spectrum :)

    12. Creator Mike Renshaw on January 15

      I did get quite a nice personal reply from Steve about my comment.

      One thing that was interesting was this - "We've been aware of the development of the other device since Feb '11."

      It's made me a bit more hopeful now and Steve also said another update is on the way and the Elite Spectrum does look far better so I'm going to shut up and hopefully not wait too long for the final version :)

    13. Creator paul mclaughlin on January 15

      By the 24/12/14 update I mean the outcome and delivery that was expected beginning Jan and the Vega one, sorry cannot edit previous post.

    14. Creator paul mclaughlin on January 15

      Another update and release for the Elite one :(

      http://news.sky.com/story/1407829/new-zx-spectrum-goes-on-sale-in-april

      What happened to the 24/12/14 update ???

    15. Creator Mike Renshaw on January 14

      Wasn't this announced later than the Elite version, yet is now being produced sooner?!?!

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-30810148

      It's not as good looking (why no real keyboard guys?) but it's got a load of games on it and it's going to be available to actually buy/use. Come on Steve, it's now almost a year since the kickstarter was funded and still no sign of anything we can use. Please??

    16. Creator paul robertson on January 10

      it will be here, things don't always develop as fast as people want I think it will be good.

    17. Creator Bobby Tetstall on January 9

      Almost given up hope!

    18. Creator Simon Gray on December 23

      credit to Steve Wilcox for sending me this direct message (which doesn't look particularly 'private' to me):

      We saw your comment Simon, thanks for your input.

      The next Kickstarter Update will be published at about 9am on Christmas Eve. It should address some of your issues. Others will be addressed in the next or subsequent updates.

      Until then, have a fabulous Christmas and thank you for your continued support.

      Regards - Steve Wilcox, Elite

      Note: per Kickstarter FAQ, all backers will be surveyed for their current address details et al before their rewards are despatched.

    19. Creator Simon Gray on December 23

      The December 2 update gives us 'good news' telling us the pre-production unit will be with them in January 'or possibly sooner'.

      But when will the keyboards themselves which backers have paid £50+ for be delivered? Will Elite contact backers before shipping to confirm delivery address since many of us have probably moved house since January 2014?

      And more to the point, since the Elite app appears to have been withdrawn from the Google Play store, will we be able to use it with anything anyway, or have we all just dropped £50 on a piece of sculpture?

      Overall this whole sorry affair has left quite an unpleasant taste in the mouth, and not been a good advert for the wider principle of crowdfunding.

    20. Creator Luke Richardson on December 6

      I'm with Steve Hall here... quite disappointed and concerned and just a little p*ssed.

      We have been waiting for a long time, with infrequent updates and then a rival machine comes along (with the backing of Sir Clive no less), with 1000 games while developers have pulled away from this project.

      I am beginning to lose faith and I cant be the only one.

    21. Creator Steve Hall on December 4

      https://uk.news.yahoo.com/zx-spectrum-returns--retro-console-being-remade-thanks-to-crowdfunding-campaign-143151322.html…

      Looks like the Vega is all over Yahoo now as well - What is going on? Didn't this project have the blessing of the former Sinclair Team (a la video during KS)? So, can Elite post here what software WE get on launch, and how many games we get access to on the various platforms? Sorry to come across p*ssed, but I let down by the news of the Vega; and the delays our own KS has experienced - I'm sure Elite and the rest of us feel the same way :(

    22. Creator paul mclaughlin on December 2

      Todays news letter update was good, but I would also like an update on the views of the "Vega" especially as Sir Clive Sinclair is throwing his name behind it.

    23. Creator Wayne Mellors on December 2

      By 'this' I of course mean your BT ZX Spectrum.

      Damn inability to edit.

    24. Creator Wayne Mellors on December 2

      Steve, I'm sure you're on the ball with this but just in case...

      https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/sinclair-zx-spectrum-vega

      They're stating 1000 included games, with free access to I assume all the stuff on WoS, some 14,000 or so.

      Would love to see this come out and steal all its thunder. It's a crazy design, nothing at all like anyone would remember playing Spectrum games, so a full-blown release of this would leave it in its wake I think.

    25. Creator Glenn Bald on November 26

      It not too good to be so behind and not communicate this to your backers. So honesty and frankness would be good. Does anyone know what happens if Elite just pocket the money?

    26. Creator QuangDX on November 24

      I completely understand there can be complications and unforeseen issues, so projects don't run to schedule. But I really do think you owe it to your backers to keep them informed. Communication is key.

    27. Creator Wayne Mellors on November 20

      I think the only thing we can do is place our trust in Steve, after all that fiasco earlier in the year that's now been sorted, and leave him to get on with it.

      I doubt we'll see it this year too but lets be honest, we'd sooner him do the best job possible than rush something to meet an arbitrary deadline that doesn't typically end well.

      I wish we had it sooner, I can't wait to start some Speccy classics on an authentic keyboard, but its in his hands now. Better to not take any of his time and attention away from delivering it for all us backers.

      Good luck Steve, looking forward to the final product.

    28. Creator Gary Littlemore on November 12

      As no reply has been made from Elite Systems Ltd I will share with you a DM I've had on the 1st Oct from Steve Wilcox, Elite:

      Gary,

      RE.: Project Estimated Delivery: Sep 2014, yet you're still working on a 3D CAD / CAM Mesh model. So when do you expect to ship the final product?

      Kickstarter requires that every project / reward has an 'estimated delivery'. This one was made in November '13, during the preparation of the 'pitch'. Once approved by Kickstarter and selected by a backer it can't be altered. That happened in December '13.

      At that time the 'pitch' read: “The recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum will be a Bluetooth keyboard, initially for iOS and subsequently Android / Windows phones & tablets.” Soon after the appeal was launched, it became clear that a significant proportion of potential backers wanted that 'initial' commitment to be extended to include "... selected Android devices ...". We made that commitment whilst the appeal was live. Fulfilling that commitment required that the device's firmware be re-engineered, a significant task which occupied us until late Spring '14.

      Via messages sent directly to backers and via posting project updates we have endeavoured to keep backers appraised of developments. In a direct message to all backers on 29th June '14 we wrote: "Consequently, for the first time since we drew up the original development and production schedule for the ZX Spectrum device in November 2013, it’s clear that the estimated September 2014 deliver date for production units will be missed." We also wrote: "... we now anticipate that the production units of the ZX Spectrum device will be significantly more versatile than was envisaged in November 2013."

      In our most recent project update, available to all backers, on 28th September '14 we wrote: "We have and are continuing to explore, how closely we can expect physical characteristics of the recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum to resemble those of the original device e.g. its mass. We have been advised by our UK manufacturing partner that this information will be contained in the manufacturing-step files which will be provided once we have approved the 3D CAD / CAM mesh models. In the absence of significant alternative opinion from backers - or from others - we anticipate approving the forth iteration of the 3D CAD / CAM mesh files in the week ahead and to receiving the manufacturing-step files in the first half October."

      We have and will continue to keep backers appraised of developments, each month, via messages sent directly and via the posting of updates.

      In summary, as we hope is now a little clearer, (and as should be clearer still if you have the time to read all of our direct messages and project updates), whilst we've been mindful of the statement regarding 'estimated delivery' made in November '13, we've also endeavoured to be responsive to new information and to share the implications of that new information with backers. Given all of this and in response to the question: "When do you expect to ship the final product?" we would want you to know that that will be: "Just as soon as we've done everything we can to ensure that the recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum is everything that we can make it."

      Until then, thank you for your continued support.

      Regards – Steve Wilcox, Elite

    29. Creator paul robertson on November 3

      I don't think it will be ready this year, and I don't think you can get your money back either after pledging. But I think it will be worth waiting for .

    30. Creator Mike Renshaw on October 31

      Does anyone know if this will actually ship in 2014? I backed for a Christmas present as it was supposed to ship in September but still no sign.

      If not, can I get my pledge back?

      thanks

    31. Creator oscar mataix esbri on October 26

      Hello, is there any body outhere?

    32. Creator Andi Watson on October 20

      any updates??

    33. Creator Gary Littlemore on September 29

      @Creater

      Project Estimated Delivery: Sep 2014, yet you're still working on a 3D CAD / CAM Mesh model. So when do you expect to ship the final product?

    34. Creator Andrew Stephen on July 23, 2014

      I have changed my address since pledging. How can I change my address?

    35. Creator Graham Strowes on June 29, 2014

      Latest email from Elite.

      Extending Our Goals for the ZX Spectrum Device - Backers Only

      The weeks since last month’s production meeting in Scotland and the last (‘Backers-only) update have been busy ones for our UK manufacturing partner. At that time we wrote, “… we're now very close having a version of the firmware that can be incorporated in the 1st physical proto-type (a.k.a. the 'Golden Sample'); that is the proto-type which not only behaves but also looks like the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum device.”

      In practice, whilst it’s true - as we also wrote at that time - that, “(once) the few outstanding issues with the firmware have been addressed, we'll be in a position to order the 1st physical proto-type …” it transpired that addressing those few issues was, to quote our UK manufacturing partner’s message of 20th June, “…fairly involved for us to make this new change (lots of re-writing) …”

      The latest and we trust final version of the firmware is due to arrive tomorrow (30th June, 2014). As soon as it does it will be put in to testing.

      Consequently, for the first time since we drew up the original development and production schedule for the ZX Spectrum device in November 2013, it’s clear that the estimated September 2014 deliver date for production units will be missed. In its latest ‘production overview’, delivered a couple of months ago, our UK manufacturing partner estimated the ‘total timescale’ (from placing the order for the ‘Golden Sample’ to delivery of the production units) at between 19 and 28 weeks. (The range is accounted for by allowances for manufacturing capacity and differing shipping methods.) This puts the earliest delivery date for productions units of the ZX Spectrum device at October 2014.

      Whilst we’re sure we’re not alone in finding this a little frustrating - we’re as keen as anyone to have hands on with the ZX Spectrum device - it should be borne in mind that our goals, since we drew up the original development and production schedule have changed … significantly. At that time we wrote, “The recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum will be a Bluetooth keyboard, initially for iOS and subsequently Android / Windows phones & tablets.” Subsequently, in response to requests received during the early days of our Kickstarter appeal from owners of other devices, we extended and re-stated our goals for the ZX Spectrum device thus, “By default, a classic game controller for iOS / Android phones and tablets. Optionally, a Bluetooth keyboard in the form-factor of a 48K ZX Spectrum for most phones and tablets as well as for PCs / Macs.” Given all of this, we now anticipate that the production units of the ZX Spectrum device will be significantly more versatile than was envisaged in November 2013.

      We’ll issue a further direct message to backers (or a project update) regarding the 1st physical proto-type just as soon as it seems prudent to do so.

      Until then, thank you for your continued support.

      Regards – Steve Wilcox, Elite

      Also in the weeks since last we wrote to the appeal’s backers, preparations for the delivery of the new limited-edition collectors’ prints (Manic Miner, Bug Byte) have been finalised. We’ll be meeting with Matthew Smith who will be signing the new prints in the first week of July. They will then be prepared for despatch to the four dozen or so backers who selected them as rewards. It’s estimated that they will be delivered in mid-July 2014, (within 14 days or so of the original estimate).

    36. Creator Chris Judson on June 28, 2014

      and response
      Thanks for your message Chris.

      We'll be surveying you (and others who selected the same reward) during the coming week. We're expecting to despatch
      your reward to you shortly thereafter.

      Regards - Steve Wilcox - June '14

      Elite Systems …. Celebrating 30 Years ! 1984-2014

      Bluetooth ZX Spectrum: Recreating the Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Arriving 2014

    37. Creator Chris Judson on June 28, 2014

      Just emailed them asking for an update

    38. Creator Steve Hall on June 1, 2014

      Elite - could the next update let KS backers know what games will be available in both iOS and Google Play Store when this launches? Would be great to know what "classics" are coming our way? Thanks!

    39. Creator Wayne Mellors on May 2, 2014

      This turn of events, I think, begs the question on whether the original design for this keyboard still has merit. Should Elite now be providing us with the original design, or given that the number of available games has fallen, should we instead be getting a Bluetooth keyboard that can be used OUTSIDE of Elites app and games?

      Elite, if you're reading this, I think your investors deserve some answers.

    40. Creator Wayne Mellors on May 2, 2014

      Well, turns out that around 10 developers of the games Elite put into their emulator app have now recieved a payment for missing royalties but, and this is the kicker, their games will NOT be reappearing on anything from Elite again.

      For a keyboard founded in providing access only to games on Elites app, this means the library of available games just dropped by I'd imagine a pretty fair amount.

      Is it a coincidence that now those devs got their payout, we're getting private notifications from Elite about delays?

      Your guess is as good as mine but £60,000 was not a lot of money to start off with and you have to wonder exactly how much Elite had to pay out in order to settle.

      Not good.

    41. Creator Phil Hillier on May 1, 2014

      Thanks very much Graham

    42. Creator Graham Strowes on May 1, 2014

      Elite Systems Ltd says:
      3rd Functional Proto-type / Development and Testing

      The new functional proto-type (the 3rd) - with a new MCU (master control unit), just like the one that’s to be used in production units of the ZX Spectrum device - arrived in early April. Its new firmware arrived on Wednesday 9th April and testing of the ZX Spectrum device’s intended functionality began almost straight away.

      The good news is that the device’s ‘QWERTY’ layer performed largely as expected when we tested the performance of the functional proto-type with a broad range of applications with which it’s designed to be used e.g. an email client, a web browser, a word processor and a spreadsheet. We do still have some decisions to make about its functionality and take this opportunity to re-iterate what we wrote when we launched the Kickstarter appeal for the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum: “the ZX Spectrum was conceived more than 30 years ago, has a reduced key-set (compared to contemporary keyboards) and thus the device is likely to offer reduced functionality, when used as a 'normal' Bluetooth keyboard compared to contemporary keyboards.” We anticipate that anyone using the ‘QWERTY’ layer in such a way would likely also be using a mouse to bypass these limitations.

      However, when we tested the device’s ‘Game’ layer with the bespoke range of 1st-party apps with which it’s designed to be used e.g. Manic Miner: ZX Spectrum, we found to our surprise that “certain patterns of key presses cannot be done at the same time.”

      As a result, some further revisions to the device’s firmware were specified. The latest firmware revision arrived last Thursday. Just as soon as it has been embedded (which may happen as soon as today), testing of the ZX Spectrum device’s intended functionality will resume.

      Consequently, for the first time since we drew up the original development and production schedule for the device in November 2013, it’s clear that the estimated September 2014 deliver date for production units of the ZX Spectrum is looking challenging. In its latest ‘production overview’ delivered to us earlier this month, our UK manufacturing partner estimated the ‘total timescale’ (from placing the order for the ‘Golden Sample’ to delivery of the production units) at between 19 and 28 weeks. (The range is accounted for by allowances for manufacturing capacity and differing shipping methods.) This puts delivery of the productions units of the ZX Spectrum at between September and December 2014. Whilst our priority continues to be to achieve our original delivery estimate, we’re equally concerned to ensure that the productions units of the ZX Spectrum satisfy our ambitious goals for its functional performance and physical appearance.

      In a slight variation to what we wrote last time, we’ll be posting some images of the new physical proto-type, once it’s able to be used to demonstrate the ZX Spectrum device’s intended functionality - along with video recorded at the development / production meeting - as a project update.

      Until then, thank you for your continued support.

      Regards – Steve Wilcox, Elite

      Also in the four weeks or so since last we wrote to the appeal’s backers, the limited-edition collectors’ prints of Manic Miner and of Jet Set Willy, signed by Matthew Smith were delivered to the two dozen or so backers who selected them as rewards. It’s estimated that several dozen more prints (Manic Miner, Bug Byte) will be delivered in June 2014.


      Reply to this email to respond or view this message on Kickstarter


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      Amount pledged: £70.00 to Bluetooth ZX Spectrum: Recreating the Sinclair ZX Spectrum by Elite Systems Ltd

      Reward: A Bluetooth ZX Spectrum for iOS devices - Founders' Edition. Supplied with Certificate of Authenticity, a Bluetooth ZX Spectrum iOS App or iOS App Store credit for same. (Pledge includes estimated £10 cost of delivery of one unit to one mainland address in the United Kingdom. If we can deliver before the 'estimated delivery' date then we shall do.)

      KICKSTARTER

    43. Creator Phil Hillier on April 30, 2014

      Is anyone able to copy and paste the latest email update onto here please?

    44. Creator Andrew Stephen on April 29, 2014

      What happened to the bonus signed Rick Dickinson prints?

    45. Creator Mark Brown on April 29, 2014

      Has anyone heard anything about their prints? Have they been completed yet? I haven't heard a thing.

    46. Creator Wayne Mellors on April 28, 2014

      How can they get a prototype where 'certain keys' cannot be used together, when the 'game' layer is almost certainly going to be QAOP Space?

      How has that basic requirement slipped *anyone* by, before being delivered?

    47. Creator Ian Cull on April 28, 2014

      Email just received, mentioning possible delay till end of year. I'd expect to see that same message posted as an update to the project, here

    48. Creator Torsten Stelling on April 28, 2014

      Just wondering why the updates are always send as message and not as blog update... Anybody knows why?

    49. Creator Graham Strowes on April 27, 2014

      I've heard nothing.

    50. Creator Paul Monaghan on April 24, 2014

      Has anyone had any kind of response or contact in the past month at all?

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