KICKSTARTER #2 POLL

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Re: KICKSTARTER #2 POLL

Postby Ped7g » Mon Aug 03, 2020 1:06 pm

SparrowhawkMMU wrote:
Mon Aug 03, 2020 12:29 pm
Another lifelong Sinclair fan here. Would love an accelerated wifi Next. How does Kickstarter work btw? Is there a finite number of machines on offer or a finite period to reserve one?
The KS campaign starts at certain day and takes fixed time (like 30 or 40 days). And has set minimal amount goal.

During that time you have to "pledge" for desired reward (like "three accelerated Next models") - which will reserve the money from your card/account/whatever you use to pledge.

At the final day of campaign, if the project did reach the minimal goal, the money are transferred from KS to the project team, if the goal was not reached, the reserved money are returned back to the backers.

So there's finite period to reserve one, the number of machines is sort of infinite.

Because costs often scale with demand, campaigns often sport "stretch goals", promising further features/improvements to the original product depending on how much the original goal is shot over, like in case of first Next the larger FPGA chip and 1024kiB of SRAM for every machine (original proposal was one tier lower FPGA Spartan chip and 512kiB SRAM). So the more people throw money at the project, the more sweet extras may happen.

But at the base level you are reserving for fixed price some fixed reward, and the project either happens as whole, or you get your money back and team gets nothing, if the base goal is not reached.

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Re: KICKSTARTER #2 POLL

Postby SparrowhawkMMU » Mon Aug 03, 2020 2:59 pm

Ped7g wrote:
Mon Aug 03, 2020 1:06 pm
So there's finite period to reserve one, the number of machines is sort of infinite.
Thanks ped7g - that's exactly the info I wanted. And that's good, it means I have a chance of getting one - I was worried there might be an upper cap and they'd all sell out before I realised KS2 had started! ;)

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Re: KICKSTARTER #2 POLL

Postby SevenFFF » Mon Aug 03, 2020 5:29 pm

The Kickstarter is to raise the funds needed to manufacture some, not a lottery to sell the ones that were already made with investment capital. It makes sense when you look at it like that.
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Re: KICKSTARTER #2 POLL

Postby sol_hsa » Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:12 pm

Also do note that Kickstarter is kind of a pre-order - the devices do not exist yet, and will take time to build (albeit hopefully less time than on the first run ;))

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Re: KICKSTARTER #2 POLL

Postby SparrowhawkMMU » Tue Aug 04, 2020 11:36 pm

Thanks for the answers everyone. I'm familiar with how kickstarter works, but I was not sure whether in this case there was a limit on how many of a particular configuration would be made available. I was worried that if I missed the launch day , I'd not be able to get an accelerated one.

Missing out a second time is not an option! :D

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Re: KICKSTARTER #2 POLL

Postby JaimieV » Mon Aug 10, 2020 10:48 am

https://twitter.com/ZXSpectrumNext/stat ... 1542423556

Kickstarter "next week." /Edit - apparently this week.

You’d think they’d put this in News...
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Re: KICKSTARTER #2 POLL

Postby mitja_i » Mon Aug 10, 2020 3:07 pm

It's happening. Sign up to be notified, but we're intending to have go live Tuesday (tomorrow) at 9pm BST. Tell one and all!!!
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sp ... xt-issue-2
Backer 423 @ 37% funded, 10th hour. Base version. Shipping nr. 533. Received February 19, 2020.
Backer 1027 @ 141% funded, 10th minute.

Original 48K (issue 4b) with IF1, two microdrives and vDrive.
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Re: KICKSTARTER #2 POLL

Postby corbym » Thu Aug 13, 2020 5:00 pm

JaimieV wrote:
Mon Aug 10, 2020 10:48 am
https://twitter.com/ZXSpectrumNext/stat ... 1542423556

Kickstarter "next week." /Edit - apparently this week.

You’d think they’d put this in News...
https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-53765852

😅

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Re: KICKSTARTER #2 POLL

Postby dave18 » Thu Aug 13, 2020 6:29 pm

That's the second article that mentions a faster processor, I wonder who is doing their research....

I guess it is because they still think ks1 is limited to 14mhz.

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Re: KICKSTARTER #2 POLL

Postby dave18 » Thu Aug 13, 2020 6:31 pm

Christ, just read it further, apparently I run the rose-tinted spectrum channel! I wish, I love that channel!


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