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The ONLY full-size recreation of the 1980s personal computer ... the Sinclair ZX Spectrum
The ONLY full-size recreation of the 1980s personal computer ... the Sinclair ZX Spectrum
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Recreated ZX Spectrum – ‘T2’ Units et al

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Since the last Update, a number of units of the Recreated ZX Spectrum have been manufactured using the production tooling. The following photographs are of the recreated device with serial number 2 … the second recreated device to be manufactured from the production tooling. (Click on the first photograph for a larger image.)

Caption: the label of the recreated device with serial number 2 … the second recreated device to be manufactured from the production tooling.
Caption: the label of the recreated device with serial number 2 … the second recreated device to be manufactured from the production tooling.

All of the production units we’ve received have been fully functional. Their build quality, to the extent that it can be judged by look and feel, is significantly better than that of the hand-built proto-type with which many backers had hands on (and about which many commented most favourably) at the Gadget Show Live in April. A particularly notable and pleasing feature of the production units is the look and feel of the rubber keyboard. Those who can touch type and have had hands on with the production units have been particularly impressed.

Caption: the switch-gear of the recreated device with serial number 2 … the second recreated device to be manufactured from the production tooling
Caption: the switch-gear of the recreated device with serial number 2 … the second recreated device to be manufactured from the production tooling

Because we know we’ve only one chance to make a first impression, we’ve been anxious to ensure our manufacturing partners respond to feedback received about the production units. Consequently, each of the production units we’ve received … since receiving the one with serial number 2 … has differed in one or more small but important ways. (The eagle-eyed will note that in the image above the legends ‘A’ and ‘B’, denoting the recreated device’s ‘Game-layer’ and its ‘QWERTY-layer’, have not been applied adjacent to the ‘Device-layer Switch’.) Another area in which we’ve seen a significant improvement, with successive production units, is the bonding of the recreated device’s metal faceplate to its body. This was an area of variability (and failure) in the original ZX Spectrum and one which we’re keen to eliminate from the recreated device.

At the time of writing, we’ve yet to receive a production unit which we can approve for batch manufacture, (more production units are on their way to us). Once we do, then manufacturing will be scheduled and a delivery date will be announced.

There have been a number of other positive developments since the last Update. Notably:

- the packaging has been finalised

- the User Manual has been drafted

- the first version of the FREE Recreated ZX Spectrum iOS app has been approved, by Apple

- we’ve made good progress toward finalising the companion Android app and the companion ONLINE web app (for users of Macs, PCs and now or in the future .. connected TVs)

- the official website, RecreatedZXSpectrum.com has been enhanced to include a list of the games and applications which support the recreated device’s ‘Game-layer’ functionality and those which support the recreated device’s ‘QWERTY-layer’ functionality, (this list is not yet live but when it is it will include hyperlinks to the games and applications)

Caption: - the official website, RecreatedZXSpectrum.com has been enhanced to include a list of the games and applications which support the recreated device’s functionality
Caption: - the official website, RecreatedZXSpectrum.com has been enhanced to include a list of the games and applications which support the recreated device’s functionality

Once the first version of the User Manual has been finailsed we may share it with backers (and those who pre-ordered it from us after our Kickstarter appeal closed), so that they can begin to familiarise themselves with some of the more innovative features of the recreated device before it’s despatched to them.

Until then, thank you for your continued support.

Regards - Steve Wilcox, Elite

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Recreated ZX Spectrum - Infographic et al

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This month, the first production units of the Recreated ZX Spectrum were manufactured using the production tooling. These are the ‘T1’ and the ‘T2’ units.

In preparation for production and to support forthcoming marketing communications, the following new infographic, ‘How to set up your Recreated ZX Spectrum …’ is being rolled out by our resellers.

The original Sinclair ZX Spectrum was a genuinely innovative device. Similarly, the Recreated ZX Spectrum is a genuinely innovative device. Indeed, it is so innovative that its packing will be dominated by this new (but reassuringly familiar) infographic.
The original Sinclair ZX Spectrum was a genuinely innovative device. Similarly, the Recreated ZX Spectrum is a genuinely innovative device. Indeed, it is so innovative that its packing will be dominated by this new (but reassuringly familiar) infographic.

The original Sinclair ZX Spectrum was a genuinely innovative device. It was so innovative that its packaging was dominated by an infographic showing the interrelationship of the parts which, when combined, made it a fully functioning system. The original unit cannot be used on its own.

As with the original, the Recreated ZX Spectrum is a genuinely innovative device. Indeed, it is so innovative that its packing will also be dominated by this new (but reassuringly familiar) infographic showing the interrelationship of the parts which, when combined, make it a fully functioning system. This new infographic will be an important part of our marketing message in the weeks and months ahead, as it’s vital to our communication of just how innovative a Recreated ZX Spectrum really is.

Note: The eagle-eyed will note that the new infographic draws heavily upon and pays homage to the infographic which dominated the packaging of the original device.

Caption: The original Sinclair ZX Spectrum was a genuinely innovative device.
Caption: The original Sinclair ZX Spectrum was a genuinely innovative device.

More production units of the Recreated ZX Spectrum will be arriving this month or very soon after. When they do we’ll be contacting backers and inviting them to participate in pre-release testing of the recreated device and the associated apps and applications. Keep an eye on your e-mail inbox for further details and an invitation to participate.

Thereafter 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 recreated 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

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"Recreated ZX Spectrum - Headline 50"

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The "Recreated ZX Spectrum - Headline 50", the '50 Headline Games and Applications' (from the 1000s available), which will be promoted to coincide with the launch of the Recreated ZX Spectrum, have been selected.

The 'Headline 50' include no fewer than 3 of the finest ZX Spectrum games of all time - which are exclusive to the Recreated ZX Spectrum - Chuckie Egg, Jet Set Willy & Manic Miner.

3 of the finest ZX Spectrum games of all time - which will be exclusive to the Recreated ZX Spectrum - Chuckie Egg, Jet Set Willy & Manic Miner.
3 of the finest ZX Spectrum games of all time - which will be exclusive to the Recreated ZX Spectrum - Chuckie Egg, Jet Set Willy & Manic Miner.
 
The 'Headline 50' will be available across the range of devices with which the Recreated ZX Spectrum can be used - phones, tablets, Macs / PCs … even connected TVs.

The 'Headline 50' will be available across the range of devices with which the Recreated ZX Spectrum can be used - phones, tablets, Macs / PCs … even connected TVs.
The 'Headline 50' will be available across the range of devices with which the Recreated ZX Spectrum can be used - phones, tablets, Macs / PCs … even connected TVs.

The games and applications will be available from app stores, they will also be available online.

Many of the '50 Headline Games & Applications' will be included (or included as modestly priced in-app purchases) in the FREE Recreated ZX Spectrum iOS and Android apps, which will be supplied with the recreated device. They will also be included (or included as in-apps) in the FREE Recreated ZX Spectrum ONLINE html5 / web app, which is currently in development for Macs / PCs (… even selected connected TVs).

Those '50 Headline Games & Applications' not included in the FREE apps and html5 / web app are already (or will soon be) available from within 3rd-party apps and online and are already (or will soon be) listed at RecreatedZXSpectrum.com**, along with corresponding app store and online links. They can also be found in app stores and online using the search term, “Recreated ZX Spectrum”.

The '50 Headline Games & Applications' are (in alphabetical order):

- Astroclone

- Auf Wiedersehen Monty

- Automania

- Avalon

- Back to Skool

- Batty

- Chuckie Egg

- Critical Mass

- Cybernoid

- Cybernoid II: The Revenge

- Deep Strike

- Dragontorc

- Dynamite Dan

- Dynamite Dan II

- Emlyn Hughes Intl Soccer

- Exolon

- Firelord

- Frost Byte

- Harrier Attack!

- Highway Encounter

- Impossaball

- Jack the Nipper

- Jack the Nipper II: In Coconut Capers

- Jet Set Willy

- Jet Set Willy II

- Kokotoni Wilf

- Laser Squad

- Lords of Chaos

- Lords of Midnight, The

- Manic Miner

- Nebulus

- Pyjamarama

- Ranarama

- Rex

- Robin of the Wood

- Roller Coaster

- Saboteur II

- Saboteur!

- Scuba Dive

- Skool Daze

- Spectrum BASIC 48K

- Spectrum BASIC 128K

- Stormlord

- Thanatos

- Trashman

- Turbo Esprit

- Uridium

- Wheelie

- Willy’s Great Adventure

- Zynaps

Many other games and applications are already (or will be at the time of the launch) available for the Recreated ZX Spectrum.

More games and applications will be available with each update of the FREE apps and html5 / web app and also from within new (and updates of existing) 3rd-party apps … and online.

New / existing games, apps and applications are easily updated for use with the Recreated ZX Spectrum. Developers are encourage to use the recreated device as a wireless controller for their own iOS and Android apps and for games in general. A ‘Developer Guide’ has been published which can be found at RecreatedZXSpectrum.com / this link.

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 recreated 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

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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

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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.