Panasonic has developed the world’s first High Dynamic Range (HDR) capable ultra high definition (UHD) virtual reality (VR) eyeglasses that feature a Steampunk-inspired design. Not only do they offer a comfortable fit, it’s supposed to make users feel as if they were wearing eyeglasses. They come equipped with a micro OLED panel, co-developed by Kopin Corporation and Panasonic, that can achieve natural smooth images without “Screen door effect”, where the fine lines separating pixels become visible in the displayed image. Read more for a video and additional information.
Steampunk generally refers to a genre of science fiction based in the Victorian-era and typically features steam-powered machinery rather than advanced technology. This awesome hot rod may not be steam-powered, but it was built from the ground up by inventor Paul Bacon. What does this mean? Nearly all the parts you see had to be custom fabricated. Read more for a video and additional information.
At first glance, EXOvault could be mistaken for a museum piece, but it’s a fully-functional computer mouse. This Steampunk-inspired creation boasts a hardwood body, metal buttons / scroll wheel, and is offered in a variety of different finishes, such as 24K gold plated with rosewood. It was created by artist, engineer, designer, and overall maker Jonathan Schipper at EXOvault’s headquarters in Brooklyn, New York. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Japan-based industrial designer “FRISK_P” specializes in creating Steampunk-inspired masterpieces, and each one is unique in their own right. One of her most recent projects was a wristwatch, called “Automaton” that continually writes and erases the current time. That’s right, a mechanism picks up a quill, writes the time on a tablet, and then wipes the surface clean. Continue reading for two more videos and information.
KrBN / Azio’s Steampunk Mechanical Keyboard is not just a decorative piece, but a fully-functional computer peripheral, and it’s being offered for just $84.99 shipped, today only, originally $399.99. It features a full CNC anodized aluminum body with absolutely no flex or creak, Oarmy switches for haptic feedback as well as audible click sounds, and programmable LED backlights. Product page. Continue reading for another hands-on video review and more information.
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Artist Arturas Tamasauskas takes everyday things, like musical instruments, to create Steampunk sculptures. First up, we have the “Turbo Ostrich”, which was handcrafted from an old saxophone. “I use the most diverse materials for work starting from wares, antiquarians and ending with rubbish that is useless. It is a pleasure for me that I can help to transform an item that was thrown and is useless giving it the opportunity to exist in a new shape, in a new form as if I continued its existence in an already artistic expression,” said the artist. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
KrBn’s USB Retro Vintage Steampunk Mechanical is fully backlit, and being offered for just $89.99 shipped, today only, originally $399.99. It features a full CNC-machined aluminum anodized body that absolutely does not flex or creak, as well as blue switches for haptic feedback and audible click sound. Product page. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Electric bikes are nothing new, but the Avionics V1 could be the most stunning one yet. Featuring a Steampunk-inspired design that combines minimalism with retroism, accented with Jatoba wood parts. The battery, motor case, brake levers, fork covers, seat, and headlight bucket are all handcrafted from tough wood, while a 5,000 watt brushless DC engine produces 92 lb-ft of torque and a 75-mile range. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Inspired by the bikes seen in the film Lostboy, this steampunk-inspired motorcycle by industrial designer Patrick A Razo ditches traditional wheels for giant orbs. That’s right, each end of its S-shaped frame boasts spherical wheels, complete with gecko-like grip for precise maneuvering in just about any direction. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Datamancer’s “The Sojourner” Steampunk Keyboard is real, and not just a concept or hobbyist project, but unfortunately, it’ll set you back a total of $1,015 shipped. “Looking as though it has traveled the world in the backpack of an intrepid explorer, the Sojourner is crafted in polished brass, then artificially tarnished. This keyboard is reminiscent of an earlier era, when beauty and technology went hand-in-hand. Featuring a unique parchment Elizabethan typeface that befits the overall aesthetic of the keyboard,” according to its designer. Get one here now. Continue reading for a video of it being blown up, more pictures, and additional information. Click here for a few bonus reviews.