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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
821 backers pledged £63,194 to help bring this project to life.

Thank You – Now The Really Exciting Work Begins

Posted by Elite Systems Ltd (Creator)
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Despite the anticipated last minute wobble, the appeal’s backers saw it over the line at 10pm UK time last night. Our grateful thanks go not only to the appeal’s backers, who kept the faith, but also to our own tiny production team, our commercial partners, those in the media who helped spread the word and the friends and family of all of the above who support them. Fewer than 1% of Kickstarter appeal’s achieve a funding goal of the level achieved by this appeal and for that each and every one of you who backed the appeal can feel exceptionally proud.

As a direct result of your, the appeal’s backers, support for the first time in some 24 years the Sinclair ZX Spectrum will be going in to production, albeit as a recreation. In addition to that of our UK manufacturing partners, we hope also to be benefitting from Rick Dickinson’s decades of experience of manufacturing processes to ensure that the device meets your and our expectations.

Elite Systems is the only company in the world which has the necessary consents and as a result of your backing, the dedicated resources, to recreate the Sinclair ZX Spectrum. We’re looking forward to making that happen and to having you alongside us for what we’re sure - like the Kickstarter appeal itself - will be an exciting and adventurous ride.

Thank you all so, so much.

Steve Wilcox, Elite Systems Ltd

24 Hours To Go – Keep Banging The Drum

Posted by Elite Systems Ltd (Creator)
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With a little over 24 hours to go the appeal has continued to make progress today, with a net 24 new backers as of the time of writing (7pm UK time). However, this wouldn’t be a Kickstarter without the last day drama. We’re anticipating plenty of that in the next 24 hours, as the desires of all genuine and enthusiastic backers do battle with needs of those that are also a little cash-strapped, (we sympathise … but we need you to stick with it).

Should the appeal finish above its £60,000 goal then Elite will use every minute of its 30 continuous years of experience as a developer and publisher of games, including millions of ZX Spectrum games, to deliver the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum, as promised, in September this year. Sooner if possible.

This may be the best and possibly only opportunity for the “Recreation of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum”. Seize it. Hold your nerve. Back the appeal and look forward to an Autumn in the company of an old friend.

Finally, for the moment, for those who may have missed it earlier. Here’s a link to Matt Hyden’s render of the rear of the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum. We’d welcome your comments.

Technical Overview – First Interim Update – Position of Bluetooth Pairing LED

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Technical Overview – First Interim Update – Position of Bluetooth Pairing LED

Caption: Rear Three Quarter - Artists' Impression Only
Caption: Rear Three Quarter - Artists' Impression Only

Using Kevin Phillip’s high resolution 3D models, Matt Hyden has created this first high resolution render of the rear of the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum to show, for example, where the USB port and the Bluetooth pairing LED may be located. Note: this is an artist’s impression only, it has not been prepared in consultation with the device’s hardware engineers and the actual locations will be set in consultation with the engineers during the design phase of the physical prototype, (the Golden Sample). Currently there is a division, internally, regarding the most suitable position of - for example - the Bluetooth pairing LED. The artist ‘camp’ feel that the Bluetooth pairing LED should be on the rear face of the device, so that when the device is viewed from the front it is indistinguishable from the 48K Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Others feel that, for purely practical reasons, the Bluetooth pairing LED should be positioned where it is most readily to be seen i.e. on the top face of the device. We did think about surveying backers on this issue but concluded that the posting of posting comments on this site would be more immediately informative. Also, any such comments would provide a frame of reference to Matt Hyden on the preparation of further high resolution renders. So do please comment and share your views on the matter.

BTW: Whilst we await your comments / feedback. Here are a couple of shameless plugs for a couple of those backers who have supported the appeal from the outset.

Chris Hill’s GamesYouLoved.com

Chris Wilkins “Ocean Book”

Media Coverage - Modest Stretch Goal – Technical Overview

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Media Coverage

On the back of the appeal first achieving its funding goal last night, it received some meaningful new media coverage for the first time since the beginning of the month. Consequently the total pledged has continued to move upward, so far (6pm UK time), today with 38 new backers (27, net of 11 cancelled pledges with a value of £790), that's 50% more new backers than on any other day since 5th January. Our thanks go to … Dave Neal at the Inquirer, Dave Cook at VG247, Simon Sharwood at The Register and David Snelling at the Daily Star.

Caution: If you are considering cancelling your pledge, relying on other backers to get the appeal over the line and then purchasing a device in the Autumn, please think very carefully before you do. You and approaching 800 others are at significant risk of being disappointed. If this appeal is not funded at 10pm on Friday 31st Jan the “Recreation of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum” will NOT happen.

Modest Stretch Goal

As we’ve seen today, this appeal is little different from other Kickstarter appeals in that it’s at risk from backers reducing or cancelling their pledges prior to the appeal closing at 10pm on Friday 31st Jan, 2014 (UK time). Consequently, we’re today announcing a modest stretch goal … of £67,500. The primary purpose of the stretch goal is protect the appeal. In consideration and / or in any event, we’re pleased to confirm the following:

  • the ‘Sinclair’ not the ‘Bluetooth’ logo will be used prominently on the device (Elite has been granted a licence to use both the ZX Spectrum® and the Sinclair® registered trademarks) Note: final approval is reserved by Elite’s licencors, the owners of the registered trademarks.

  • the name of the device will be settled after further consultation, including consultation with the appeal’s backers Note: final approval is reserved by Elite’s licencors, the owners of the registered trademarks.

  • all existing and future backers who pledge £70 or more will automatically receive priority access to the short documentary film, “Recreating the Sinclair ZX Spectrum”. The primary purpose of the film will be to document the development of the device from its current state, the functional prototype (which you can see here), to the physical prototype – also known as the Golden Sample. The short documentary film will most likely be made by Tom Stanhope, who recorded Elite’s interviews with both Rick Dickinson and Matthew Smith. The short documentary film will be the SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE mechanism by which the appearance of the physical prototype (Golden Sample) device will be first formally revealed. It’s anticipated that the short documentary film will be available in June 2014.

Note: the pledge has been set at a level which is intended to provide the majority of backers (who’ve pledged £60 or less) with the opportunity to express their support for the stretch goal in consideration of the new Complimentary Reward. We suggest that other backers consider showing their support for the stretch goal by adding £10 to their pledge.

Technical Overview

Also, we’re pleased to be able to report that using Kevin Phillip’s high resolution 3D models, Matt Hyden is currently creating a high resolution render of the rear of the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum to show, for example, where the USB port and the Bluetooth pairing LED may be located. Note: this will be an artist’s impression only, the actual locations will be set by the engineers during the design phase of the physical prototype (the Golden Sample). The render should be available (and if so will be posted here) before the appeal closes on Friday. It will be accompanied by a modest technical overview of the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum’s functionality. In the interim, and in part by way of follow-up to comments made by this and other backers, we can confirm that the designed functionality of the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum, as a controller for the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum apps and the optional functionality, as a Bluetooth keyboard in the form factor of a 48K ZX Spectrum … will both be available out of the box.

Goal

Posted by Elite Systems Ltd (Creator)
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Within the last hour or so the second of the two backers (a former business partner), with whom we’ve been speaking directly for a little time now, came on board with a substantial pledge. At the same time another dozen or so new and existing backers made an excellent new / additional pledge during 'pledging hour'. Consequently the appeal has now reached its initial funding goal!

Frankly that looked most unlikely on New Year’s Eve when the appeal pledges totalled just £100 for the entire day, against a daily target of £1,500. From a personal point of view I can tell you that running a Kickstarter appeal has been even more demanding than I’d been led to believe but with some more graft and a little more luck, we should be able to close the appeal on a high this coming Friday.

Thank you all so, so much.

Regards – Steve Wilcox, Elite

Next steps: this evening or overnight we shall write to our media contacts, tell them the appeal's hit its goal and ask them to announce that “The Recreation of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum is going in to production*”. We’ll help them to do this in any way that we can, by being available for interview and by creating new images and assets for any articles which they may then write. Any media coverage generated this way should, we hope, bring on board new backers and in so doing help protect the appeal from any reduced or cancelled pledges which may arise between tonight and the appeal’s closing at 10pm on Friday 31st January, 2014 (UK time).

Once that’s done, we’ll turn our attention to addressing some of the appeal’s backers more burning issues, such as the Sinclair versus Bluetooth logo issue and (to the extent that we are able given the current state of its development) the device’s functionality.