R-Kaid-R is a manifest and a tribute to the arcade. A handmade hybrid made from solid wood, combining yesterday’s game physics with the digital spectrum of today. Through a study in material values from historical perspectives, Hultén wants to breathe new life into a fading culture and create curiosity towards the origin of video gaming, forcing gaming into a new context and make the arcade an equivalent next to the oil painting on your wall.
The R-Kaid-R is also a reaction to today's electronics industry, where products adapt to economic efficiency. By working with materials that, without regular maintenance and daily care, grows a unique patina, the expiry date of a product is extended. The product will breathe through time, rather than get suffocated by it.
The R-Kaid-R is an exclusive toy for the dedicated gamer. It's a creative link between the present and the past. It's a game jewel to possess. When not in use, the machine is folded into a protective vessel, surrounded with elements of mystique and curiosity. A processed gemstone is sparkling inside, waiting to be revealed. Protected by a tailored shoulder bag made from leather, R-Kaid-R is no doubt the ultimate portable arcade setup.
● LCD: 8", 4:3, 800x600
● Video signal: HDMI
● Setup: Custom-made 8-way joystick and push buttons
● Sound: Built-in mono speaker with volume dial
● Slots/ports: USB, SD card slot, Headset stereo jack, DC power jack
● Battery life: ~8 hrs per full charge
● Charging input voltage: 5V (USB)