THE CROWDFUNDED Bluetooth Spectrum 48 keyboard peripheral for tablets is approaching its funding target, and is now appearing in classic Manic Miner game livery.
The Bluetooth keyboard is the work of Elite Systems and is a homage to the early 1980s home computing darling, the Sinclair ZX Spectrum.
Currently building up funding through Kickstarter, it is now appearing in its first signature edition and full Manic Miner glory.
So far we have only seen the standard 48k version, and that looks just like the Spectrum from the 1980s. Elite Systems has just released photos of the Manic Miner option, which is the same except it has recognisable imagery from that title.
"Manic Miner is one of the defining games of the 1980s," said Elite Systems MD Steve Wilcox. "We could think of no better way to celebrate it than with a Signature Edition of the device for which it was created."
The game and its sequel Jet Set Willy are close to the hearts of Spectrum gamers, and Elite Systems is already offering a framed Jet Set Willy print to funding partners with £1,000 to invest. Alternatively you can come in at a lower cost and get a print for either game title for £60.
Investments that get a keyboard start at £50, but an even lower cost option is available. For a tenner you can get the feeling that you contributed to something, and a copy of the Spectrum game app for your chosen hardware platform.
More monied people might want to scroll to the bottom of the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum Kickstarter webpage. There, for the next two weeks they will have the opportunity to spend £5,000 on a gold version of the keyboard, which might not work.
Only two of these packages are available and one has been sold already. µ
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