If there’s someone here who doesn’t love steampunk, then please stop reading this post, and more important, please revise your way of thinking as there is something absolutely wrong with you. Steampunk was, is and will continue to be cool forever so what better way to celebrate its coolness than to make a list of the best steampunk gadgets and devices ever designed.
I don’t have a webcam, but if I did I would certainly have the Steampunk Webcam. It’s not really high-quality as it’s based on a 1.3-megapixel camera with a resolution of 640×480 at 30 fps. Also, if you are going to use it when it’s dark in your room, there won’t be any lighting problems as the webcam comes packed with a few LEDs that will light up your face. The Steampunk Webcam is available now for about $12.
This scanner was built by Doc Datamancer and he wrapped a flatbed scanner in a leather-bound tome to give it the Steampunkish look. I’m not sure if the Steampunk Scanner is available anymore as once the designer completed a few of these, probably they were sold immediately and sadly you can’t have one in your office or at home.
These spectacles are probably the coolest ever as would make any steampunk fanatic to cry. The Steampunk Specs consist of brass, bronze, copper, nickel silver, nuts, plastic, plastic lenses, screws, and stainless steel. Totally steampunk and we will have to congratulate deviantart designer Y4G3R for these spectacles.
Steampunk USB Drive
No wonder that somebody thought to design a Steampunk USB Drive as I’m tired of that cheap and annoying plastic that covers my flash drive. I’m a little surprised that this idea cam from Russia, but it doesn’t matter, it’s good that you can DIY by covering the USB drive in brass and copper.
Steampunk Spy Camera Pocket Watch
This is a pocket watch from 1886 and it’s called Victorian Lancaster Pocket Watch Camera. Apparently, this is a pocket watch, however, when you open it you will notice that inside there’s a camera. Although you would love to add the Steampunk Spy Camera to your steampunk collection, I’m afraid you will need more than $36,000. Yeah, this is the price it was sold at a Bonhams auction and it seems like there are only four original models of the Steampunk Spy Camera Pocket Watch.
This was originally named as the “mechanical aural communication device” by its designer, Chris from Chicago. According to Chris, the Steampunk Headset was created from “sculpey, rubber, and a various pocket watch parts.” In order to ensure the comfort of your ear, the designer lined the inside part with suede leather.
Well, the Halloween is coming and if you really want to look coll then you costume has to include the Steampunk Monocle. This eye device was also dubbed as the “Ocular Thingy” and you should know that it was hand made, it consists of two flashing valves, two lenses, and it’s covered with leather straps. Its availability remains unknown, but whoever owns, he’s got to be one of the luckiest man on Earth.
Steampunk MP3 Player
I bet you didn’t think that there is such thing as a Steampunk MP3 Player, but it exists and it was created by another deviant artist called Molly aka Porkshanks who used a pair of Cannonball Empires and a set of Sony MDR-006 to create the headphones. It doesn’t matter that she found the MP3 Player at a bus stop, all that matter is that Molly transformed it into the Steampunk MP3 Player with just a few items including brass and leather. The Steampunk MP3 Player was nicknamed the “Ambience Enhancer” and I think that this is just the perfect name.
Do you own an iPod? Well, if you do then why wouldn’t get the Steampunk skin for your portable media player? This skin was create by Colin Thompson for Gelaskins and it’s available a price of $14.95. The problem is that the Steampunk skin is only for iPod classic, so if you own a newer version than you can’t have a Steampunk iPod.
Steampunk Watches & Clocks
The wrist-watch above is more like a futuristic steampunk if you allow me to say that. It’s called Horological Machine No. 2 and it shows “instantaneous jump hour, concentric retrograde minutes, retrograde date and bi-hemisphere moon phase.” The HM2 also includes 18K gold and titanium casing, however, this could be a problem as the watch costs a “mere” $59,000.
The steampunk two-face clock was a wedding present from a dad to this son, Ehren. I’m sure that I’m not the only one who thinks that this is a perfect wedding gift, although I wouldn’t want only steampunk clocks at my wedding. The clock is powered by “a state-of-the-art dilithium crystal power generator” which can be activated by “removing the large brass knobs and lift off the top.”
Here is another Steampunk Watch designed by koisuruusagi. It’s functional and it draws attention no matter where you go which is perfectly normal. Unfortunately for you, this steampunk watch was sold for a price of $130 a long time ago. Hopefully, it’s still in good shape and the owner enjoys wearing it every day.
The steampunk clock from above was designed by Flickr user, Amahl_Shukup, and it surely stands up to the “steampunk” theme. It’s made of “empty vintage clock case from around 1910, and the parts came from local radio repair shops, a bicycle repair shop, Home Depot, and various car wreck sites.” This steampunk clock also includes a part from a Model T car, and a working telegraph key. According to the designer, the steampunk clock tells time exactly so you won’t be late unless you move too slowly.
Designed by Jeff from Thunder Eagle and called the Nautilus, the Steampunk Guitar is pretty amazing and it can surely be considered Steampunk. It was inspired by the movie 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and you can see brass and copper fittings as well as custom wood scrollwork. I don’t really know any pricing or availability, however, it seems like the Nautilus was sold a while ago for an acceptable price.
This is an incredible device designed by Paul St George for the 125th birthday of the Brooklyn Bridge. The Telectroscope was supposed to be a forgotten tunnel connecting New York and London through the Atlantic Ocean which allowed people to see from New York to London and viceversa.
In fact, the Telectroscope was just a device which used broadband internet connection to send live images from Brooklyn Bridge to Tower Bridge. The story was just to make it a little more mysterious and you can’t be nothing but impressed by this great Steampunk device.
Steampunk Time Machine
Yeah, I know that time machine don’t exist and is very unlikely to exist, however, if it would ever be invented then it will surely be Steampunk. The device is called the Chronotheric Fluxing Capacitron and it was designed to accompany Flickr user absinthetic at the Halloween party last year.
Well, I would be very curious to see if he will wear the suit again and if he will take the Steampunk Time Machine with him. If he won’t do it, then I would be interested to wear this costume for the Halloween party this year.
The first robot is (of course) R2S2 designed by I-Wei Huang which actually blows some steam out which makes it the coolest robot ever. It was inspired by the R2D2 robot from the Star Wars series and that’s where it got the name: R2 Steam2.
Here are other robots designed by Stephane Halleux who realised that he needed an assistant. After he built his assistant-robot, he noticed that he needed even more to make him work faster so he decided to create more. Check out a few pictures of Stephane’s Steampunk robots.
Steampunk PC Mouses(Mice)
The first one is called the Steampunk Furnace Mouse which was hand-made by Unklian in about 15 to 20 hours in total with a total cost of $18. This Steampunk PC mouse consists of a regular optical USB mouse, mahogany, brass bits, copper and orange LED.
Driven by the success of his first Steampunk mouse, Unklian decided to create another one which he called Steampunk Furnace Mouse 2. He used kinda the same ingredients to create another mouse, but the new design is cooler and the mouse is more comfortable. Well, the extra was worth it and the Steampunk Furnace Mouse 2 is better than the first version.
The Steampunk PC mouse above was built by designer Jake who thought that the Telecalculograph needed a suitable mouse. What’s the Telecalculograph? Well, it’s a Steampunk PC which I will show it to you later in this post. Telecalculograph’s mouse was called The Bug and it’s very small and comfortable, and being Steampunk-themed, the mouse features brass, knobs and keys among others.
Steampunk PCs, Desktops, Laptops & LCDs
Let’s begin with the aforementioned Telecalculograph built by Jake from Jake of all trades. This Steampunk PC mod cost about $70 and it took Jake 50 to 70 hours to complete it. The Telecalculograph was built with basic hand tools, Dremel w/ press station 25W soldering iron, butane pencil torch, manual tubing cutters and benders, and a 24V cordless drill.
This Steampunk LCD was designed by Jake von Slatt from the Steampunk Workshop. It’s based on a $300 Dell LCD monitor and the good thing is that the casing was made of metal so the designer decided to apply a “nice gold metallic with a thin coat of brown Krylon Crystal Color to give it an aged look.” In order to make it even more steampunkish, the angle for the frame was made of a brass-colored aluminum angle so now this LCD is really steampunk.
Here’s a Steampunk Laptop which looks like a Victorian music box, but in fact it’s a HP ZT1000 laptop. You can see lots of clockworks under the glass, some engraved brass, and claw feet at the exterior. In the interior there is a copper keyboard and mouse, and leather wrist pads. This Steampunk Laptop was designed by Doc Datamancer and it can run on both Ubuntu Linux or Windows XP.
The following PC case mod was inspired by a brewery and this was actually the theme, however, this turned into steampunk. It was designed by some guys from Russia and we don’t really have too much information about it. Liquid cooling lots of pipes, wood, clockworks, brass and many other steampunk items is all we can see which means that this truly is Steampunk. Good job, Russian geeks!
Here is another work of art from Doc Datamancer – a 22-inch widescreen LCD which includes 1/4-inch solid brass that is indispensable on a Steampunk device. Also, you can notice the black marble which in combination with brass looks almost unbelievable.
The following Steampunk device is another laptop which was designed by a Japanese guy. Ar first it was believed that this is only a sculpture, but in fact it’s a working computer. This Steampunk Laptop features USB ports, and a VGA port destined for the LCD monitor. There is only one problem as the laptop isn’t too ergonomic and you might not be able to carry it everywhere.
If you scroll up a little, you will see Jake von Slatt’s Steampunk LCD. Why is that so important? Because Dave Veloz was inspired by that LCD and he decided to create this Mac Mini Mod for his future wife. According to Jake, the LCD monitor has more details than his work “outdoing” him “in several aspects.” Well, I have to say that the keyboard doesn’t look as great as Jake’s but the Apple Mac Mini is just great Steampunk art. In conclusion I have to say that you don’t have to blame me for being a fan of Steampunk. I really think this is great, I love art and in my vision Steampunk represents art. I hope that you will like it too and maybe you’ll design your own Steampunk device or gadget!
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