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ZX Spectrum lines up a Kickstarter keyboard campaign

Bluetooth peripheral status for classic computer
Fri Dec 20 2013, 16:28

THE 1980s computing darling, the ZX Spectrum is possibly coming back as a Bluetooth keyboard accessory for the iPhone.

Elite Systems said it was preparing the machines to work with iPhones and other mobile devices and operating systems, and would let people play any of the computer's 10,000 titles.

"Recently, you may have seen or heard mention of plans for the recreation of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum. The Sinclair ZX Spectrum is an 8-bit personal home computer released in the UK in 1982 by Sinclair Research Ltd. Since launch, some 10,000 games have been created for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum," it said in a statement.

"Well we're pleased to be able to tell you something more about those plans. The recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum will be a Bluetooth keyboard, initially for iOS and subsequently for Android and Windows phones and tablets (as well as for PCs and Macs), in the form factor of a 48K Sinclair ZX Spectrum. It will be known as the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum."

The firm is considering a Kickstarter crowdsourcing campaign and has offered a preview of its pages.

There is a £50 entry point for people that want to ensure they get the hardware. A tribute of £10 will get you access to the app.

If you have £5,000 burning a hole in your pocket and really love the Spectrum, you can pay that much for one of two gold-coloured sample prototypes. Elite said that currently it could not say whether this would be a working model.

The Kickstarter campaign is looking to raise £60,000. The keyboard should cost between £40 and £50 when it is released and should function as a standalone input device, with rubbery keys. µ


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