10 Coolest Steampunk Gadgets

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10 Coolest Steampunk Gadgets
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Steampunk has been described as a cross between modern technology and inventions from the Victorian Age. Evolving from science fiction literature, steampunk has become an urban art form that brings together antiquated design with contemporary innovation to create fascinating and clever gadgets.

Steampunk Snowboard

For the steampunk who likes winter sports, there's a steampunk snowboard. Made from copper and equipped with all manner of brass devices and doodads, the steampunk snowboard has a cone-shaped sail on each side.

Steampunk PlayStation 3

What diehard steampunk could resist a PlayStation 3 done in steampunk style? Housed in oak with brass plate and copper pipes, the steampunk PlayStation 3 has a pressure gauge and a slot for your gaming disks.

Steampunk iPod

The intriguing look of the steampunk iPod alone is enough to make it a must-have item. Its functionality is a bonus. Dubbed the "Mini Mod," it's constructed of oak, brass and copper with a few valves added, and it even has the Apple logo on the front.

Key to Time Pocket Watch

At first glance the steampunk "Key to Time" pocket watch looks like a normal pocket watch, though this one has no typical watch face; only the inner workings of the watch are visible through the glass front. But this one comes with skeleton keys attached to the watch chain -- the actual keys to time, perhaps?

Steampunk Laptop

Clock gears and hardware are artfully arranged and encased beneath glass on the lid of a rather large cigar-type box -- only this beautiful cherry wood box with claw feet and brass accents is actually an operating HP laptop, complete with a copper keyboard and winding key to power it up.

Steampunk Headset

At once outdated and futuristic, the steampunk Bluetooth earpiece is constructed with brass, rubber, leather and parts from a pocket watch. Suede lines the earphone for comfort.

Steampunk Mouse

You might not know what it was if it weren't connected to your steampunk computer. The steampunk mouse almost looks like a miniature tank with its brass and copper accents -- even the USB plug has been classed up, steampunk style, with small metal tubes and a brass emblem.

Steampunk Cell Phone

The steampunk cell phone looks like a little wooden deck of cards, or possibly some sort of radio with its gauges and small screen, apparently a speaker. It really does function, though, allowing you to make phone calls by sliding hole-punched cards in the top. That's as far as the apps go, though. No texting or tweeting your friends from the Victorian Era.

Steampunk Jewelry

In addition to the pocket watch, steampunks have a wide variety of jewellery from which to choose. Necklaces, earrings, rings and bracelets are fashioned with copper, brass, chain and various gears and gadgets. Wearing any one piece or a combination of several definitely makes a steampunk fashion statement.

Steampunk Office

The coolest by far, and definitely over the top, is the entire office done in steampunk style. The floors are polished wood. The dividers separating cubicles are industrial-looking, and a brass tube serving as an air duct runs along the ceiling for the length of the room. The furniture is a tasteful mixture of industrial and Victorian, and each desk is equipped with steampunk computers, printers and an assortment of steampunk staplers, calculators and phones.

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