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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Okay, so this isn't really a Bluetooth headset. It's just a prop and doesn't really function at all. But how cool would it be if this piece of Steampunk gadgetry actually worked?
By winding the bung, you would power up this earpiece, connecting you to the world around you at once. Nicrosin on Flickr created this work of gear art, noting it was made from pocket watch parts, rubber and sculpey.
Just because you love the latest gadgets doesn’t mean you have to forfeit more traditional designs. And if you love antiques, you can still get that priceless look from modern tech. Case in point, the Casio G-Shock G8100A-5. This wrist watch is made from bronze-colored aluminum and has a perforated resin band, giving it a rustic appeal. Some may define it as “steampunk” but I wouldn’t quite agree with that. For me, steampunk requires gears, mechanisms, steam and other Victorian tech. Just because something looks old, doesn’t mean it’s steampunk. But I digress.
If you're pushed to the limit on gas prices, it's time to start considering an alternative. One option is to go pick up a snazzy new bicycle and pedal yourself to work everyday. Well if you're going to do that, you might as well do it in true geeky style.