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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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Backers’ get ‘Hands On’ with the Recreated ZX Spectrum - Gadget Show Live! NEC, Birmingham

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Sunday marked the end of 7 wonderful days of immensely positive reaction from the thousands of people, including backers and other notables, who saw or saw others have ‘Hands On’ with 

Recreated ZX Spectrum during the Gadget Show Live! NEC, Birmingham.

During what was a bustling, noisy and occasionally overwhelming event, the Recreated ZX Spectrum won over EVERYONE who saw it.

Minutes before the show opened Jason Bradbury, the TV programme’s presented came to tell us that he thought the recreated device was “… terrific …” and soon after he tweeted about it to his almost quarter of a million followers. (Click on the image for more reaction.)

Caption: Gadget Show host and TV programme presenter, Jason Bradbury, gets ‘Hands On’ with the Recreated ZX Spectrum, which he told us he thought was “… terrific …”.
Caption: Gadget Show host and TV programme presenter, Jason Bradbury, gets ‘Hands On’ with the Recreated ZX Spectrum, which he told us he thought was “… terrific …”.

Crispin Sinclair, who was showing ‘the world’s safest bike’ - the Babel Bike, also had ‘Hands On’ with the Recreated ZX Spectrum. (Click on the image for more information about the Babel Bike.)

Caption: ‘Babel Bike’ creator Crispin Sinclair gets ‘Hands On’ with the Recreated ZX Spectrum.
Caption: ‘Babel Bike’ creator Crispin Sinclair gets ‘Hands On’ with the Recreated ZX Spectrum.

Trade and media reaction was equally effusive, with CEOs and senior executives of national retail chains pledging their support for the Recreated ZX Spectrum, which is now available to pre-order, during the show.

In more than 30 years of attending trade and consumer shows with Elite® - during which time I’ve had the pleasure of showing some fabulously successful products - I’ve never experienced such a positive reaction to a first public appearance. Not only did those approaching our stand do so with a broad smile, (many of them dads with an arm around the shoulder of their lads pointing at a large banner of the recreated device) but when they left … moments or minutes later, having had ‘Hands On’ … they were still beaming. This enthusiasm was captured by many, including by the regional and national media in attendance and also by You Tubers, such as Ian Dixon, who’s home-brew video captured some of the hustle, bustle and spirit of the event.

Caption: You Tuber, Ian Dixon’s home-brew video which captured some of the hustle, bustle and spirit of the event.
Caption: You Tuber, Ian Dixon’s home-brew video which captured some of the hustle, bustle and spirit of the event.

Production units of the Recreated ZX Spectrum will be arriving this month and just as soon as we know when we’ll have enough of them, we’ll be contacting backers and those who have pledged for / pre-ordered a device - since the Kickstarter appeal closed - to notify them of the arrangements for despatch.

Until then, thanks for your continued support.

Regards - Steve Wilcox, Elite

The ‘Recreated ZX Spectrum' (formerly the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum)

The Gadget Show Live … ‘Hands On’ with the Recreated ZX Spectrum

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Get 'hands on' with the Recreated ZX Spectrum - Stand W70, The Gadget Show Live, NEC, Birmingham (England). 7th - 12th Apr, '15
Get 'hands on' with the Recreated ZX Spectrum - Stand W70, The Gadget Show Live, NEC, Birmingham (England). 7th - 12th Apr, '15

Next week, (7th to 12th Apr to be precise) we’ll be at The Gadget Show Live at the NEC, Birmingham (England) with the Recreated ZX Spectrum. Consequently, we’re delighted to be able to invite backers and those who have pledge for / pre-ordered a device - since the Kickstarter appeal closed - to have ‘hands on’ with the device whilst there and then to share their first impressions with us. Those backers attending should make themselves known to us as such, at stand W70 in the Game Zone. We’ll be offering up to eight one-to-one, ‘hands-on’ sessions with Recreated ZX Spectrum each morning and up to a further eight each afternoon, except on Tuesday 7th April … Trade & Press Day.

We look forward to meeting some of you there.

Until then, thanks for your continued support.

Regards - Steve Wilcox, Elite 

Note: Units of the device, manufactured using the production tooling, were ordered in February and - whilst we already have a good understanding - we’re patiently awaiting the details which will enable us to confirm exact delivery and on sale dates. Once this is known we will write to backers, directly, and to those who have pledged for / pre-ordered a device - since the Kickstarter appeal closed - to notify them when their reward is being readied for despatch. 

More first impressions of ‘The Recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum’ / Production Status / ‘Hands-On’

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James Vincent for The Verge offers his first impression of 'The recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum'
James Vincent for The Verge offers his first impression of 'The recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum'

First Impressions … 

Since the last Update we’ve been on the road with ‘The recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum’, presenting it to other interested (and interesting) people and inviting them each to share their first impressions. 

As we did previously with Rick’s and with Jason’s, we’ve been using those first impressions to inform us and to guide our thoughts and plans for the Recreated Spectrum. 

A selection of those first impression can be found at the following links: 

Daily Mail

Daily Star

Digital Trends

Engadget

The Guardian

Stuff.TV

The Telegraph

The Verge

Yahoo News!

More coverage and comment can be found by using the Google search term: “recreated spectrum” Additional coverage and comment will be appearing elsewhere in the days and weeks ahead. 

We have been delighted by this third-party reaction to Recreated Spectrum. We trust backers and those who have pledged for / pre-ordered a device - since the Kickstarter appeal closed - will be equally pleased with this extensive, independent, validation of the device and the associated apps and web apps.

Production Status … 

Units of the Recreated Spectrum, manufactured using the production tooling, were ordered last month and - whilst we already have a good understanding - we’re patiently awaiting the details which will enable us to confirm exact delivery and on sale dates.

Once this is known we will write to backers, directly, and to those who have pledged for / pre-ordered a device - since the Kickstarter appeal closed - to notify them when their reward is being readied for despatch. When we do that, we will also ask for confirmation of the delivery address - since we are aware that some will have relocated since the Kickstarter appeal opened. 

To be clear, backers and those who have pledge for / pre-ordered a device - since the Kickstarter appeal closed - will be amongst the first to be notified of the arrangements for despatch.

Favourable Terms … 

Those that have visited the site will have noted that we’re no longer accepting pledges / pre-orders for the Recreated Spectrum at RecreatedZXSpectrum.com Backers and those who have pledged for / pre-ordered a device - since the Kickstarter appeal closed - will also have noted that they'll be receiving it on favourable terms. We’re delighted to have been able to offer this additional benefit to those who have supported the appeal from the outset, or soon after. 

Hands On … 

In our next Update, next weekend, we’ll be explaining how backers can get ‘hands on’ with the Recreated Spectrum and then share their first impressions with us.

Until then, thanks for your continued support.

Regards - Steve Wilcox, Elite 

'The recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum' (formerly the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum)

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First impressions of ‘The Recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum’ - Rick Dickinson, Industrial Designer of the original ‘Sinclair ZX Spectrum’

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On Thursday 19th February, 2015 Jason Fitzpatrick, Curator of The Centre for Computing History, was kind enough to host Rick Dickinson and I at his Cambridge, UK venue.

The meeting provided me with an opportunity to present ‘The recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum’, for Rick and Jason to have hands on with the recreated device and for both of them to offer their first impressions.

My teenage daughter’s camera was rolling whilst Rick took his first look (and later whilst Rick and Jason chatted at considerable length about all things ‘Spectrum’). From what we managed to capture at that time we’ve extracted this short clip, which as you’ll see is very much a ‘home brew’ affair.

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Caption: Rick Dickinson, Industrial Designer of the original ‘Sinclair ZX Spectrum’ with ‘The recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum’ at The Centre for Computing History, Cambridge, UK

That evening, Jason shared his own first impressions via ‘The Centre’s’ blog. You can read Jason’s impressions by clicking or tapping on the image below.

Caption: Jason Fitzpatrick, Curator of The Centre for Computing History, Cambridge, UK with ‘The recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum’

For the next week or so we’ll be on the road with ‘The recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum’, presenting it to other interested (and interesting) people and inviting them each to share their first impressions. As we’ve already done with Rick’s and with Jason’s, we’ll be using those first impressions to inform us and to guide our thoughts and plans for the recreated device.

We’re hoping to post another Update before the month’s out, or as soon as possible thereafter, when (as we wrote last time) we'll be confirming details including delivery and on sale dates. 

Backers can continue to pledge / pre-order the recreated device (for a short time only) from RecreatedZXSpectrum.com and if they do so then they'll receive it on favourable terms.

Until then, thanks for your continued support.

Regards - Steve Wilcox, Elite

'The recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum' (formerly the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum)

'First Look' at 'The recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum'

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'The recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum' is the ONLY full-size, recreation of the 1980s personal computer ... the Sinclair ZX Spectrum.

Today, we're both delighted and very proud to be able to offer its backers a 'First Look' at the first, fully-functioning, pre-production unit of 'The recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum'.

Caption: First pre-production unit of 'The recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum' and the official app; casting to an HD TV.
Caption: First pre-production unit of 'The recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum' and the official app; casting to an HD TV.
In the words of James McKay, one of the design and development team behind the recreated device (with whom we're sure you will agree), "it's a thing of beauty".

Caption: The first fully-functioning, pre-production unit of 'The recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum'; open to backers at RecreatedZXSpectrum.com
Caption: The first fully-functioning, pre-production unit of 'The recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum'; open to backers at RecreatedZXSpectrum.com
For the last few weeks we've been putting the recreated device through it's paces and we can tell you that, "... if you think it looks stunning, just wait until you see it in action ... it's breathtaking!"

In our next Update, we'll be showing the recreated device in action and we'll be confirming details including delivery and on sale dates.

Until then, backers can continue to pledge / pre-order the device from RecreatedZXSpectrum.com and if they do so then they'll receive it on favourable terms.

Until then, thanks for your continued support.

Regards - Steve Wilcox, Elite

'The recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum' (formerly the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum)