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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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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

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More photos - First pre-production unit of the recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum being assembled. More …

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A couple of weeks ago we received, from our UK Manufacturing Partner, more photographs of the pre-production unit of the recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum, being assembled.

At that time they wrote, “…the electronics should be finished for this sample in 1-2 weeks. Realistically it is looking like we will have the sample at the start Jan, by the time we allow for assembly and testing and also shipping.”

So, by the time our backers and others read this Kickstarter Update it’s likely that the first, fully functioning, pre-production unit of the recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum will have been assembled and will be on its way to us here in the UK.

Here’re some of the photographs we received … 

In the weeks since last we wrote to the appeal’s backers we’ve been making good progress with a number of products and services which are to accompany the device’s unveiling and subsequent launch, including, in no particular order:

- the content for the apps which are to be bundled with the device. It includes Nigel Alderton’s ZX Spectrum classic, “Chuckie Egg”, programming language Sinclair BASIC and a large game bundle, (to which new games will be added with each update of the apps). 

- the licencing program, for those 3rd-party games and apps which will be published by Elite. 

- the Developer Guide, for those games and apps which will be published by 3rd-parties. (It illustrates how both new and existing games and apps may easily be updated for wireless control with the recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum).

Also, since we last we wrote to the appeal’s backers, we’ve had the opportunity to congratulate our contacts at Retro Computers on the success of their Indiegogo campaign for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega console. We take the view, which we have shared with our licencors (who are also RC’s licencors) that the recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum (formerly the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum) and the Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega are “complimentary devices” and that backers of both devices would benefit from a “joined up” approach in related matters. To this end, we have proposed a meeting with our contacts at Retro Computers to explore the options, including ways in which the devices may become inter-operable. We hope to be providing more information about that in the next and / or subsequent Kickstarter Updates. 

The recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum is the ONLY full-size recreation of the 1980s personal computer. By Design - it’s a wireless controller for iOS (and selected Android) devices, games and apps. Optionally - it’s a Bluetooth keyboard for phones, tablets, PCs, Macs and other devices, even TVs. 

We’ll post further information and images - including images of the first, fully assembled, fully functioning, pre-production unit of the recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum - just as soon as we can. Until then, have a fabulous Christmas and thank you for your continued support.

Regards - Steve Wilcox, Elite 

Note: the recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum is the ONLY keyboard device optimized for fast ‘twitch’ games on iOS devices. Currently available Bluetooth keyboards when used with iOS devices can’t track key releases, limiting their use to simple word processing tasks or to use as controllers for slow role playing games. The recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum’s custom hardware and clever firmware has been specifically-engineered to offer optimal response for fast ‘twitch’ games (and indeed other apps) on iOS devices. See the soon to be published Developer Guide, for further information.

First pre-production unit of the recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum to be available in January, possibly sooner.

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Good news - this morning we received the first photographs of the pre-production unit of the recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum, being assembled. 

The first pre-production unit will be available in January, possibly sooner.

The recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum is a full-size recreation of the 1980s personal computer which can be used both as a classic game controller and (optionally) a Bluetooth keyboard, for phones, tablets and computers. In the first instance, it’s targeted at its 5 million former owners.

Here’s one of the photographs …

Caption: The first photograph of the pre-production unit of the recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum, being assembled. The first pre-production unit will be available in January, possibly sooner.
Caption: The first photograph of the pre-production unit of the recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum, being assembled. The first pre-production unit will be available in January, possibly sooner.

Here’s an artist’s impression of how the finished pre-production unit may look.

Caption: The recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum is a full-size recreation of the 1980s personal computer which can be used both as a classic game controller and (optionally) a Bluetooth keyboard, for phones, tablets and computers.
Caption: The recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum is a full-size recreation of the 1980s personal computer which can be used both as a classic game controller and (optionally) a Bluetooth keyboard, for phones, tablets and computers.

We’ll post further information and images, just as soon as we can.

Until then, thanks for your continued support.

Regards - Steve Wilcox, Elite

Requested - Assembly of the first pre-production unit (the ‘Golden Sample’) of the recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum.

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