This is a long message.
During this past weekend we’ve been working hard to bring development of the Recreated ZX Spectrum Online Web App to a close.
The Recreated ZX Spectrum Online Web App (for Macs & PCs) is one of three companion apps being developed to accompany the release of the recreated device.
The others are:
the Recreated ZX Spectrum iOS App (for Apple phones and tablets)
the Recreated ZX Spectrum Android App (for selected Android phones and tablets).
The apps and the online app web app all include Chuckie Egg, Sinclair BASIC and a huge game
bundle. In the online web app, all of the included games and applications are free of charge. This is
because the Recreated ZX Spectrum online web app can only be used with the recreated device.
There is a fourth app, the Recreated ZX Spectrum (Operating Guide Video) Android app (for selected
Android phones and tablets).
The operating guide video app does not include any games or applications.
At the time of writing our expectations for the availability of the apps and the online web app are as
w/c 7th Sep, 15
the Recreated ZX Spectrum iOS App (from the App Store for Apple phones and tablets)
the Recreated ZX Spectrum (Operating Guide Video) Android app (from Google Play for selected
Android phones and tablets)
the Recreated ZX Spectrum Online Web App (from RecreatedZXSpectrum.com for Macs & PCs)
w/c 28th Sep, 15
the Recreated ZX Spectrum Android App (from Google Play for selected Android phones and tablets).
The operating guide video app is a placeholder app and has been developed so we can be confident
there is an Android app for the Recreated ZX Spectrum available to download from Google Play w/c
7th Sep, ’15. The operating guide video app will invite those with Android devices to use the
Recreated ZX Spectrum online web app until the former is superceded by the Recreated ZX
Spectrum Android app w/c 28th Sep, ’15 or thereabouts.
The Recreated ZX Spectrum Online Web App is not optimised for use with any Android devices - the
games and applications included in the online web app may run slowly when used with Android
devices. Consequently, we anticipate those with Android devices - particularly those wishing
primarily to use the Recreated ZX Spectrum Android app to play games and to program in Sinclair
BASIC - may initially express some disappointment at the slight delay in the availability of the app.
However, we anticipate this disappointment will be alleviated once the Recreated ZX Spectrum
Android app becomes available at the end of the month. On balance, we consider the loss of
goodwill associated with this temporary disappointment will be offset by the goodwill garnered from
releasing the Recreated ZX Spectrum and the companion apps and online web app to those with iOS
phones and tablets, to those with Macs and PCs and to those with selected Android phones and
tablets wishing to use their device as a Bluetooth keyboard, with 3rd-party apps and with the online
Consequently, we have decided to release the Recreated ZX Spectrum - and all of the companion
apps and online web apps which will then be available - w/c 7th Sep, ’15.
At that time the Recreated ZX Spectrum will be released to our Kickstarter backers and to those who
ordered a recreated device directly from Elite after our Kickstarter appeal closed.
Simultaneously, we anticipate our re-sellers will release the Recreated ZX Spectrum to those who have pre-ordered a recreated device since it was first made available for same in March ’15.
We understand some backers may be disappointed not to have received their recreated device ahead of others. Whilst we share some of that disappointment, we ask those backers to take in to account that they will have acquired their recreated device at a very significant discount and that those who ordered directly from Elite have also played a part in making the recreated device a reality.
The despatch of recreated devices and other rewards chosen by backers whilst our Kickstarter appeal was open, will be carried out by Dee (my wife) and I, or in conjunction with our UK manufacturing partner, Ceratech. Founders’ Limited-Edition versions of the recreated device (those with serial numbers 001 to 100) and Chuckie Egg Signed, Limited-Edition Collectors’ prints will be despatched directly from our home and will include personally signed Certificates of Authenticity. Founders’ Edition versions of the recreated device (those with serial numbers greater than 100) and selected other rewards will be despatched by our UK manufacturing partner, Ceratech, on our instruction.
Similarly, the despatch of recreated devices to those who ordered directly from Elite, will be carried out by Dee and I, or in conjunction with our UK manufacturing partner, Ceratech.
Despatch of recreated devices to those who pre-ordered from our resellers, will be carried out by our distributor Exertis. We will have no direct involvement in that process, other than to authorise it to commence w/c 7th Sep, 15 - which shortly we will do.
Soon after the publication of this Kickstarter Update, we will begin contacting backers and those who ordered directly from Elite, to request confirmation of their delivery address and such other information as may be necessary for us to prepare for the despatch of their rewards and their recreated devices. This contact will be in the form of
Kickstarter surveys, in the case of Kickstarter backers and email surveys in other cases.
Kickstarter surveys and email surveys will have an initial deadline for completion of 23:59 (GMT + 1) Thursday 3rd Sep, ’15. Where despatch will be carried out by Dee and I, or in conjunction with our UK manufacturing partner, Ceratech, information received by the initial deadline will be used to prepare rewards and recreated devices for despatch. WHEREVER POSSIBLE, THE DESPATCH OF ALL REWARDS AND ALL RECREATED DEVICES WILL BE CONFIRMED BY EMAIL TO BACKERS AND THOSE WHO ORDERED DIRECTLY FROM ELITE WITHIN 1 WORKING DAY OF DESPATCH. Backers and those who ordered directly from Elite are kindly requested to refrain from requesting simple despatch status updates for a minimum of 5 working days for delivery addresses within the UK (and 10 working days in the case of delivery addresses outside the UK) after the initial deadline. The dedicated email address for such enquiries is: email@example.com
The decision to release the recreated device has been made today. Consequently, the information necessary to prepare certain rewards for despatch may not be available to do so within the above referenced periods after the initial deadline. Collectors’ Prints addressed to a Named Recipient Signed by Rick Dicksinson are an example of such a reward. Where backers and those who have ordered directly from Elite are due two or more rewards and recreated devices and where one or more will not be available for despatch within the above referenced periods of the initial deadline, then the rewards and recreated devices which are available will be despatched.
Information received after the initial deadline will be not immediately be used to prepare rewards and recreated devices for despatch. A second deadline for completion of Kickstarter surveys and email surveys will be announced in a subsequent Kickstarter Update. Information received by the
second deadline will be used to prepare rewards and recreated devices for despatch, as outlined above.
We’ve lived, breathed and eaten this project for the last couple of years and we’re learning more about the potential of the recreated device and the associated apps and web app all the time. We aim to realise that potential by offering firmware updates for the recreated device (via its USB port) and through updates to our own and 3rd-parties’ apps and the online web app.
If you’ve not already done so, we’d strongly suggest you view the Operating Guide (Video) at the following link. The video will be published to coincide with the release of the recreated device in a few days time. We believe it will be of benefit to you when you receive the recreated device.
Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5EQ40_2j_w
We hope you find what we’re creating to your liking.
Until then, thank you for your continued support.
Regards - Steve Wilcox, Elite