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Bluetooth Spectrum keyboard makes its Kickstarter cash

With funding days to go stretch goals are promised
Wed Jan 29 2014, 09:58

THE REBOOTED SPECTRUM computer keyboard has reached its funding target on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter.

The keyboard comes from Elite Systems and is showered with retro Sinclair Spectrum ZX flavours. Depending on your level of investment you can get signed classic games content or a gold unit. At the lower end of the scale is a Spectrum games app.

With around three days left to run on Kickstarter the keyboard project has topped out its £60,000 target and exceeded it by around £1,000.

It has 743 backers and mos of them have gone for the £50 tribute that will get them the keyboard when it is released. The expected release date is September 2014.

Since it started the crowdfunding campaign Elite Systems has added a range of bonus goodies to its proposition. People who have already invested or are likely to can now expect to get a signed print by Rick Dickinson, the chap that designed the keyboard computer in the first place, with a £60 investment.

Those who invest £80 will get high profile name checks and thanks on either the Spectrum website or in games material, and for £200 you can get a signed Chuckie Egg print.

"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," said Elite Systems as it launched the campaign.

"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."

Today the company told us that with just over three days to go it might add some stretch goals, perhaps more features, games or giveaway gear. µ


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