As a sub-genre of science fiction and fantasy, steampunk has clattered and ground its way into current technological designs. Incorporating the steam-driven and clockwork-powered inventions of the late 19th century into current gadgets and devices, artists and designers are using steampunk styles to give modern technological tools an old-world feel.
Steampunk Flash Drives/USB Drives
Also known as Thumb drives, these nifty mass storage devices are pocket-sized and portable. Though the purpose of the device is to perform a modern function; the transportation of information, there’s no reason why the design of the USB shouldn’t look like it has teleported from an alternate reality. Victorian-era design elements that are used in steampunk designs include clockwork parts and metals such as copper or bronze.
2GB Copper Steampunk Flash Drive from qacreate
16GB Mechanical Memory Key from Artype, using clockwork parts from six pocket watches. When in use, the drive glows green from below, giving the parts a sense of movement.
16GB Copper and Patina Steampunk Flash Drive from cerriousdesign. The three gears move in conjunction when the drive is connected.
Steampunk Computer Mouse
A computer mouse is typically made with modern materials such as plastic and rubber. By using Victorian-era elements of woods and metals, these designers have transformed this computer device to look like a 19th century antique.
Steampunk Furnace Mouse by Unklian. The buttons are made from shaped copper, and a steam furnace effect is created with an orange LED inside the casing.
The Bug, Steampunk Computer Mouse created by Jake Hildebrandt, for his steampunk computer The Telecalculograph.
Steampunk mouse from Modding Russia. Intricate designs on the metal and a rope casing for the cord create a truly authentic feel for this piece.
Steampunk iPod Case by Neal Brigdens, using copper, brass and oak wood. Created using jeweler’s techniques, this sturdy case is likely to outlive the iPod it holds.
Doctor Grymm’s Eye-Pod Victrola from DoctorGrymmLaboratories. Fully functining iPod cased in a stempunk, horror hybrid casing.
Steampunk Laptops and Computers
Hewlett Packard ZT1000 Laptop Casing by Datamancer. The laptop is turned on and off with an antique clock-winding key and boasts clawed feet and antique-styled copper keyboard and mouse.
Dell 1907FP Flat Panel Monitor and keyboard steampunk mod by The Steampunk Workshop. The screen uses chime levers from a grandfather clock as screen controls.
The Nagy Magical-Movable-Type-Pixello-Dynamotronic Computational Engine by Datamancer. This elaborate design uses a typewriter, clock and a carved wooden stand complete with lamps to create steampunk style.
Steampunk wind-up watch by Koisuruusagi.
Steampunk watch by Haruo Suekichi. The leather straps and brass finishes have been aged to give this piece an antique appearance.
Steampunk watch by Olga Narozhna, which shows the clockwork mechanisms below the clock face.
Steampunk Gaming Consoles
Steampunk Pac-Gentleman by Doktor A takes us back to an age of chivalry with the classic crank-driven game play and wooden and metal finishings.
Steampunk Playstation 3 Mod by Jake Hildebrandt, using wooden veneer and a brass trim. To create a convincing steampunk effect, Hildebrandt added radio valves, a pressure guage and brass plumbing parts.
Steampunk Monster Arcade by Doug Haffner. This is a MAME, a multiple arcade machine emulator, which also serves as a jukebox.