Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Steampunk Gadgets

I love cool Steampunk Mods!

The Steampunk iPhone
It even has space in the back for storage.

And of course The iPhone Desktop
Which can be downloaded at Clay Robeson's site.

Datamancer's Steampunk Laptop

This may look like a Victorian music box, but inside this intricately hand-crafted wooden case lives a Hewlett-Packard ZT1000 laptop that runs both Windows XP and Ubuntu Linux. It features an elaborate display of clockworks under glass, engraved brass accents, claw feet, an antiqued copper keyboard and mouse, leather wrist pads, and customized wireless network card. The machine turns on with an antique clock-winding key by way of a custom-built ratcheting switch made from old clock parts.

More pics are available at Datamancer's site.

The violin-style sound holes, or "F-holes" are functional speaker grills covered with black cloth. For a little added redundancy, the original power switch is accessible through the speaker fabric. If you need to do a hard reboot, you can take a pen or pencil and press down on the fabric in the dead-center of the leftmost lobe of the f-hole to contact the button. The original keyboard LEDs now shine through small plastic gems.

The "Opti-Transcripticon"
(or Steampunk Flatbed Scanner mod)
from Datamancer as well

This is a flatbed scanner that was built into a custom fabricated leather-bound tome.
The scanner sits inside a sheetmetal framework with the book built around it. The covers and spine were made from pieces of a huge, oversized clipboard I had. I was having difficulty finding bookbinding leather in small enough quantities and high enough qualities, so I ended up dissecting a large envelope satchel thing my aunt gave me which she had kicking around in her basement. This explains the long stitch seam down the edge of the cover, but that will not be found on any future versions. The scanner then got a decorative cardboard shell (the white side of an old art pad cover). The parchment-colored page cover with the aged edges and the "illumination" design was made in vectors using Fireworks (yeah I'm a Macromedia guy). I had a printout made at Kinkos, then I traced over the design with gold marker to give it an embossed look. A piece of gold bridal ribbon was used to fake the gold page gilding around the outside. The horizontal threads in the ribbon look exactly like gilded book pages pressed flat together.

There are more steampunk stuff over at even a steampunk cellphone!

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