At your first look, you would hardly know that this vintage looking clock work box, reminiscent of an interesting antique was really the outer case for a laptop computer. Datamancer’s new Steampunk Laptop Computer is an ingenious invention for the Victorian at heart. Here is the official product description from their website: “This may look like a Victorian music box, but inside this intricately hand-crafted wooden case lives a Hewlett-Packard ZT1000 laptop that runs both Windows XP and Ubuntu Linux. It features an elaborate display of clockworks under glass, engraved brass accents, claw feet, an antiqued copper keyboard and mouse, leather wrist pads, and customized wireless network card. The machine turns on with an antique clock-winding key by way of a custom-built ratcheting switch made from old clock parts.”

Steampunk is defined by Wikipedia as “a subgenre of fantasy and speculative fiction which came into prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. The term denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century, and often set in Victorian era England—but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or real technological developments like the computer occurring at an earlier date. Other examples of steampunk contain alternate history-style presentations of “the path not taken” of such technology as dirigibles or analog computers; these frequently are presented in an idealized light, or a presumption of functionality.”

What better to inspire the historical fiction writer?

For those of you who would rather have your standard pc and monitor, but with a 19th century flair . . .

Read more here:  The Age of Steampunk

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