What every iPhone needs… a corset?

Karline's 'sexy' iPhone corset

If you’re under the impression that your iPhone isn’t a sexy enough piece of technology while not give it a little oh-la-la-la with a bespoke corset. Instant steampunk?

Head over to Urban Threads for the tutorial.

Of course there are other iPhone options from a steampunky vinyl skin or even an application of nail varnish. Hmmm. Not sure about that last one.

Can’t make my mind up on this iPhone stand either.

There must be a cool iPhone modification out there somewhere?

Published in: on February 11, 2010 at 8:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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Curious contraptions: The HP SteamBook

What do you do when you want to read steampunk text adventures on something bigger than your iPod? Wait to buy the new Apple iPad?

Of course not.

You pull out the old Hewlett Packard HP320LX palmtop that’s been gathering dust in the cupboard. The 4MB palmtop hails from 1997 and ran on the failed operating system Windows CE 1.0. Useless, you say? Obsolete you say? Not with a 19th century makeover.

That’s what this alaskan steampunker did, throwing in a $3 leather case to complete the look.

The result is quite lovely really.

To read the creator’s original tale head over to the The Queen’s Arctic Expeditionary League

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Published in: on January 30, 2010 at 7:24 am  Leave a Comment  
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Curious contraption: The Eye-Pod

Dr Grimm's Eye Pod

Coming via technabob, the Frankenstein-inspired Eye-Pod is a fully functional 1st generation ipod nano which can be worn by a leather wrist strap or mounted on its speaker base, complete with its own Victrola horn. A retractable USB cord is hidden away in the base and you can choose tracks by manipulating its optic-control.

Dr Grymm’s Eye-Pod is currently on display at the Oxford History of Science Museum’s Steampunk exhibition, running until 21 February 2010. Dr Grymm himself is a man of twisted genius, his creations are a marvelously macabre mix of horror and Victoriana. I particularly love his Edgar Allan Poe Nightmare Inducer.

I’m visiting the exhibit next week so expect a full report soon…

Published in: on January 29, 2010 at 7:01 am  Comments (2)  
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Curious contraptions: A novel approach

The ultimate notebook

Remember those old VHS video cases that were designed to make your tapes look like high-brow books on the bookshelf. Well here’s the 21st century equivalent. The nattily-titled Book Book disguises your MacBook as a leather-bounded hardback. Throw away your slick, modern neoprene case and slip the laptop within the Book Book’s vintage trappings. No-one will ever suspect you’re carrying a grand’s worth of kit under you arm plus your pride and joy will be safe from scratches and scrapes. Each book is hand-distressed meaning that no two volumes are ever the same.

Instant steampunkery. Of sorts. And just in time for the iPad.

Published in: on January 28, 2010 at 6:32 am  Leave a Comment  
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The Snow Devil

Now, steampunk purists will balk at this post as the subject hails from the 1920s (it should proabably be classed as dieselpunk, but lets not go there right now.)

Inventor Frederick R. Burch filed the patent for the Snow Motor vehicle on 27 November 1920. Six years later the January edition of Time magazine that the design had been taken up by Snow Motors Inc, a new subsidery of Detroit Motors. The machine, which could reach speeds of between six to eight miles per hour, was said to be able to handle the deepest snowdrifts thanks to a Fordson tractor power-plant mounted of two revolving cylinders instead of wheels.

The following silent demonstration film, found via intonarumori, shows the beast in action.

The Snow Devil

Over time, the vehicle became known as the Snow Devil and visitors can see an example at the Hays Antique Truck Museum in Woodland, California (shown right – picture courtesy of Wikipedia). This particular example used to battle the snow of the  the Truckee area of the California Sierra Nevada Mountains to make sure that the US mail got through.

If you fancy building your own, Burch’s original patent can be found here.

Published in: on January 26, 2010 at 4:01 pm  Leave a Comment  
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