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ZX Spectrum Bluetooth peripheral details tip up

Duo function games box and keyboard
Thu Jan 02 2014, 11:32

RETRO HARDWARE MAKER Elite Systems has released more details about its upcoming Kickstarter funded Bluetooth ZX Spectrum.

The firm has given the keyboard combo a "One Device ... Two Functions" tagline, saying that it is offered as both a controller for playing Spectrum related applications, like games, and as a standalone keyboard for retro typists.

The Sinclair ZX Spectrum is an 8-bit personal home computer released in the UK in 1982 by Sinclair Research. The Bluetooth version is the same size and shape as it was in the 1980s. The keys are rubbery, and the four colour stripe is in place.

The keyboard has a Kickstarter goal of £60,000. It has raised around a quarter of this, and still has 29 days left of a 40 day crowdfunding period to run.

So far investors have plumped for an entry level investment that ensures they will get the Bluetooth Spectrum 48K keyboard when it is launched. Other investments are offered, including one for £1,000 that will earn a limited edition and a framed print of classic Spectrum title Jet Set Willy, along with some other gewgaws.

The keyboard has two modes, said Elite, a Game layer and a QWERTY layer. These are fairly self explanatory. Elite said that the game option will let iOS and Android gamers, and later Windows users, play retro classic games on the keyboard where they made their bones.

The other option, the Keyboard layer turns the slab into a keyboard that is designed to work with phones, tablets, PCs and Macs.

Games and apps will be sold separately from the hardware, and Elite said that it will offer a collection of sterling games titles.

The hardware should cost around £50, and has a projected release date of spring 2014. µ


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