Retroistic Steampunk Inventions

posted May 09 '07 viewed 32832 tagged ,

Steampunk is a subgenre of fantasy or speculative fiction, which according to Wikipedia, denotes "works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used--usually the 19th century, and often set in Victorian era England--but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells, or real technological developments like the computer occurring at an earlier date."

Below you can see the work of artists, engineers, and hobbyists who have given everyday objects some fantastic steampunk makeovers.

This steampunk modified Rhoads Jackson V guitar, called "The Villanizer", recently sold on ebay for $2,275, which I'd say is a bargain. Of course, it plays great, too.

What you see here is indeed an optical computer mouse called "The Bug". The cog for a scroll wheel makes a great touch.

What's the good of a steampunk mouse without a steampunk keyboard to go with it. This contraption was made by a different inventor.

Why not wear some steampunk specs to fit in with all this gadgetry.

And a steampunk wristwatch while you're at it.

This device is a steampunk RSS newsreader, which taps out website updates in morse code, just like a telegraph.

Why not go all out and build a fully functioning steampunk laptop.

And if all your tinkering in the workshop has left you feeling a little lonely, build a companion like this steam walker robot.