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Posted by drew10 on Jan 20, 2014
Bluetooth Spectrum Close to Reality

Bluetooth Spectrum Close to Reality

We have recently heard of an intriguing device called the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum. Now only gamers of a certain vintage will be going weak at the knees at the thought of this marvel rising from the flames like the proverbial phoenix but rise it might.

Brought back to life by Elite Systems, (yes Elite!) once a leading publisher on both Spectrum and Commodore 64, the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum will essentially be a Bluetooth keyboard for IOS and Android devices that acts exactly as the old Speccy did. Looking exactly like the Spectrum 48k, including rubber keys, The BT ZX Spectrum is the brainchild of Rick Dickinson, the man who designed the original machine for Sinclair way back in the 1980’s.

In the official press release Dickinson enthuses about how the BT Speccy came to be – “The inspiration for the development of the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum device was a series of conversations with a national journalist in the Spring of 2011. At the time, the journalist was the Consumer Technology Editor for a British National Newspaper and called to talk to us about the range of original 1980s ZX Spectrum games which we’d relatively recently launched as apps for iOS devices. During the conversations he enquired whether we thought there was any possibility that the ZX Spectrum home computer might be recreated. At the time we spoke about how another 1980s home computer, the Commodore C64, had had a re-launch of sort in the form of a dedicated joystick and that got us thinking. After talking about it in the office for a few minutes, our vision for how the ZX Spectrum could be recreated began to take shape.”

With Elite Systems also having Android and iOS Spectrum collections this is the best way to play those classics as they were intended. We will be certainly keeping our eyes on this one and we are hoping that this becomes a reality in the very near future.

Currently still only a prototype and looking to get more funding through a Kickstarter appeal the little machine is really catching the imagination of gaming’s senior citizens, of which sadly I am one and the hope is to ignite the interest of young gamers also. Let’s see how those youths get on with Manic Minor, “What do you mean you can’t save the game??”

If you want to get involved there are various options on the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum Kickstarter page. You can make any donation you wish and certain amounts will guarantee you a keyboard upon release. With eleven days to go and £44,563 pledged of the £60,000 goal it is so close I can almost feel the rubber keys beneath my fingers. Follow this link to the page.

Below is a gallery of images of how the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum will look!

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