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Chumbophone mixes chumby with Steampunk styling

Chumbophone mixes chumby with Steampunk styling

Since you can now pick up a set of chumby guts without bothering with the standard casing, the real fun for the platform is in fashioning a unique housing for the internet-connected widget display.  That can be as basic as the cardboard box the components come with, or you can go the route of one particular Etsy seller and put together a somewhat Steampunk-esque retro enclosure.

Called the Chumbophone, as far as we can tell the various brass horns, controls and other appendages are all decorative rather than functional.  The only real controls are the power button, the front panel key and the chumby's 3.5-inch 320 x 240 touchscreen, which is still enough to browse various web widgets, control music - either streaming or local - and do everything else that makes chumby so appealing.

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Hi Tech Comptometer: gorgeous Steampunk AV controller [Video]

Hi Tech Comptometer: gorgeous Steampunk AV controller [Video]

You've got to give Hi Tech Systems some credit for effort: to help their broadcast video controllers stand out at a recent industry expo, they put together the Comptometer, a Steampunk-styled console which, so the backstory goes, gives access to 1930s broadcast footage.  The controller is full of nixie tubes, brass buttons and analog dials, and a rather loveable "test calibration" system made up of tiny clacking hammers.

Video demo after the cut

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Steampunk Pocket Memory USB 4GB Flash Drive Is Available but That Doesn’t Mean You’ll Buy It

Steampunk Pocket Memory USB 4GB Flash Drive Is Available but That Doesn’t Mean You’ll Buy It

Steampunk is definitely here, and it's not going anywhere any time soon. Whether you like it or not. And while we've covered it before, this time it seems a bit too much to handle. We love flash drives as much as the next person, and Steampunk is a great design aesthetic, but let's be honest: price matters. Apparently, not everyone got that memo.

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Steampunk Phone From Russia Looks Amazing

Steampunk Phone From Russia Looks Amazing

We've had a few Steampunk items come up on here before, and we'd be lying if we said that we didn't hold a natural affinity for these things. How can you not? The workmanship alone makes these gadgets pretty amazing, and whil the aesthetics might not be for everybody, we find it hard to deny the sort of primordial attractiveness these devices have. Like this cell phone for example, which was caught on picture from Russia, and encompasses everything Steampunk in one solid form factor. We've got plenty of shots after the break.

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Steampunk analog synth: what brass etching was invented for

Steampunk analog synth: what brass etching was invented for

Steampunk continues to divide opinion, with some still entranced by etched brass, cogs and masterful repurposing of what would otherwise be thrown away as trash, while other think it a tired meme that doesn't know when to give up.  We're thinking that both groups would find some appeal in Moritz Wolpert's Steampunk analog synth, however.

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Steampunk gaming PC will be given away

Steampunk gaming PC will be given away

The one thing better than a great vast Steampunk gaming PC is winning one, and that's just what's going to happen with this custom Jake Hildebrandt creation.  Crafted from wood, copper and a variety of brass embellishments, the guts of the PC are just as impressive as the exterior (though thankfully a whole lot more up to date): an Intel Core i7 965 CPU, 12GB of DDR3 RAM and dual ATI Radeon 4870X2 graphics.

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Steampunk LCD Monitor is brassy, gold goodness

Steampunk LCD Monitor is brassy, gold goodness

If you like a little bit of Victorian flair with your technology, then you'll definitely appreciate this Steampunk LCD Monitor which fulfills its duty as a computer screen, but let's face it, this one is really all about the style.

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Steampunk Frankenstein: it’s alive!

Steampunk Frankenstein: it’s alive!

You might remember the Steampunk Frankenstein case mod from last month: an 8ft behemoth of brass, ominous lighting, tricked-out gages and water-cooling.  Creator D.Mattocks has been in touch to let us know the huge PC is now finished, complete with some much-welcome Steampunk tweaking to the drives (which previously were left bare plastic).

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8ft Steampunk Frankenstein Computer case mod

8ft Steampunk Frankenstein Computer case mod

As insane Steampunk PC case mods go, this Frankenstein machine by D. Mattocks will take some beating.  Standing almost eight feet tall, and bristling with copper piping, vintage gauges and glass indicator lights from an old navy ship, it's not so much a computer as a tribute to H.G. Wells, Dr Frankenstein and the sort of coffin Isambard Kingdom Brunel would've probably liked to be buried in.

The vent was salvaged from an old church, and now acts as the air inlet for the water-cooling system.  Meanwhile everything is backlight with green cold-cathode tubes, which manage to make the Frankenstein Computer look even more ominous.  Happily one of the gauges does actually show the computer temperature, though there's probably not a steam blow-off valve.

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Cabestan Winch Tourbillon Vertical Watch

Cabestan Winch Tourbillon Vertical Watch

Distinctive, beautiful and just plain strange, the Cabestan Winch Tourbillon Vertical is the brainchild of Vianney Halter and the engineering masterpiece of the DMC Group's Jean-François Ruchonnet.  A wrist-watch built around a winch-driven chain fusee movement, it has a tiny 450 link chain and nickel silver drums; altogether there are 1,352 separate components.

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Steampunk Space Helmet

Steampunk Space Helmet

Steampunk projects are no strangers to the front page of SlashGear, and here's one of the more outlandish and impressive.  The work of Brass Goggles forum member Herr Döktor, it's a Steampunk space helmet; it may have started off as a propagator dome and a plastic plantpot, but over the course of 53 pages it evolved into the marvellously detailed helmet you see here.

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Datamancer Ergo Steampunk ergonomic keyboard

Datamancer Ergo Steampunk ergonomic keyboard

Take one rare IBM Model M-15 split ergonomic keyboard, add a flourish of Steampunk mods, and you end up with this, the Datamancer Ergo.  A custom commission, the Ergo combines the M-15's inverted slant, a velvet wrist-rest and an integrated buttonless trackpad, together with violet LEDs and an etched acanthus-leaf pattern.

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