Panopticon

There’s so many apps and extras for the iPad nowadays that I could easily just spend all my time writing about all the different apps that claim to have some element of Steampunk in them. The newly released game, Panopticon, however has caught my attention not only for its Steampunk elements, but also for its revolutionary multi-touch gaming system, supporting up to 8 simultaneous points of contact.

Panopticon has a Steampunk influenced storyline and features music by Vernian Process.

The challenging thing about this game is maintaining all your points of contact as you attempt to manipulate the various discs in their destinations. One slip of a finger, and they all go back to where you started.

Panopticon for iPad is available now for $1.99 in the App Store.

GelaSkin

There’s a lot of really impressive iProduct mods out there. For those who are particularly skilled it the art of modification, these devices are some of the first things that have to be Steampunked. And why not? We spend so much time with our iPhones, iPads, and iPods that it makes sense that these things need to be redone in a steamier aesthetic.

But, if you’re like me, you aren’t the most talented with the modification of items, and applying that inexperience to an expensive piece of technology sounds anxiety inducing, then allow me to introduce a simple way to modify at least one piece of the iProduct continuum, the 2nd gen iPod Touch.

This GelaSkin is 14.99 USD and ships for free within the United States. While it isn’t as beautiful or impressive as many of the handmade modifications I’ve seen done by Steampunks much more talented in that respect than myself, the skin does do a nice job of covering the appalling glossy veneer of the iPod.

On the plus side, this is also unlikely to void your warranty.

Steampunk Portable Harddrive Case

I’ve been spending more time than usual on Instructables admiring all the projects that are starting to stack up as tinkering takes a back seat to packing up my most prized effects and selling everything else.

One thing I won’t be selling is my portable hard drive. It’s my computer’s lifeline should something horrific happen to it. It sits in a rather boring protective case that looks a lot like this:

Very fancy, I know.

But to be honest, I’d never really thought to redesign my hardrive case… I mean, there’s so many more things that need modifications before my case does.

But, if you happen to be at that stage in your Steampunk life where you need to start modding things like your hardrive case, I would like to offer up this Instructable:

This awesome mod is brought to you by nevets_mcd.

Steampunk Icons

In an effort to further punk the appearance of Steampunk’s computers, I have a free download for the icons of your computer’s storage devices. Observe!

This collection contains 8 steamy hard drive icons with large resources for WIndows & OSX, along with 18 wallpaper images for your desktop, iPhone, or iPad. And best of all, it’s free for personal use!

So visit the Iconfactory and download your own set of Steampunk icons. They’re sure to match perfectly with any Steampunk modified computer rig.

Miluira Electric Runabout

There’s a new electric car that’s soon to hit the market that’s sure to get the engines racing of both Steam and Dieselpunks alike.

Oh shiny!

Meet the Miluira, an electric roadster that’s a perfect car for any Steampunk who needs the aesthetic to extend the vehicle they drive. I have to admit, when I saw this car, I wanted it.

But then I saw the price. Priced at $76,010 USD (6,300,000 Yen), the Miluira is definitely out of my budget, especially one that’s top speed is 37 MPH. Personally, I’d have a hard time spending that much money on a car whether I had the money or not, but that doesn’t stop the car from being complete awesome to look at despite its impracticality.

To see more of the Miluira, check out their website.

A Christmas Carol for the iPad

Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is one of the holiday season’s classic pieces of literature. Along with The Night Before Christmas, it’s one of those works of literature that embodies the holiday season. Dickens’ work is the foundation behind so many Victoriana inspired events, from Dickens on the Strand in Galveston, TX to Dickens Faire in San Francisco.

Times change, though, as to modes of story telling, so today’s post features the newest forms of an old classic, A Christmas Carol for the iPad, with a Steampunk twist! Check out the trailer for this re-imagining of Dicken’s tale:

I think this is all kinds of neat, and if I had an iPad, I would definitely be downloading this like, right now. Here’s the link if you wish to do the same.

Steampunk Computer: The Timekeeper

It’s no secret to anyone who has read this blog for any length of time that I love computers and the internet. Steampunk wouldn’t be the vibrant and well connected community that it is without it, so computers and their accessories are, as a result, some of my favorite modifications to feature here.

Steampunk modified computers are hardly inexpensive, however. The skills required to build and modify a computer are not common knowledge, and messing up with something like computer become a very expensive and unproductive hobby.

There is a new listing on Etsy that features a relatively inexpensive computer modified in the Steampunk aesthetic that has attracted my attention. It’s super shiny:

Created by John Dunn, The Timekeeper computer costs 1,099 USD (plus shipping) and is really quite impressive. Though I’m not at the point in my life where a desktop would fulfill all of my computing needs, this is certainly something I will keep on the radar if that day comes.

You can buy The Timekeeper here on Etsy.