I love Steampunk’s inclination to employ and celebrate recycling as part of our larger aesthetic. So many cool things have been created because someone rescued what otherwise would have been trash and re-purposed it into something beautiful and functional.
Artist Christopher Locke used old broken trumpets and assorted machine parts to create the Analog Tele-Phonographer: a amplifier for your iPod or iPhone that demands no power source to operate.
Check out this video of the Analog Tele-Phonographer in action!
While the precise that is featured in today’s post as already been sold, Mr. Locke is hard at work on other models of his Analog Tele-Phonographer. You can purchase them as they arrive on his website. And while you are there, be sure check on the rest of his site to see more of his portfolio or get in contact with him.
IPad owners will be especially happy with the topic of today’s blog post. Ever wish that your boring charger for your iPod, iPad, or iPhone was a bit Steamier?
Consider that wish granted.
This dock, created primarily for the iPad, but able to accommodate all the various iDevices (including iPhone 4) is the product from the same mind at Old Time Computers. The brass arm is fully adjustable and is able to used while your device is still in its protective case. Like all creations at Old Time Computers, the dock is unique and entirely hand made. It’s also the first one of this model to to created, so it’s a true original.
The dock can be yours for just 129.00 USD plus shipping.
In what seems to be a growing population, another Steampunk I-Phone app has appeared on my radar, Backlash 1.0, by Sinecure Industries. I’ve seen a lot of games that assume that shading their game in brown and gold and throwing some gears in the background will make it sufficiently Steampunk to boost sales. I don’t review that garbage, and I don’t waste all of your time with it. This game stands out and seems intriguing because it is heavily based in physics and yet still succeeds at being amusing.
If you want to learn more about the game, you can read about it on Sinecure’s website. I think the music is only meh… it has absolutely no Steampunk aspects to it whatsoever, but thankfully, the music is one thing that is easily enough muted on an iPhone game. But for 40 levels of Physics based gameplay, at 99 cents, it’s not a bad deal.
If this suits your fancy, you can buy the game here via the iTunes Store.
I have a treat for all you iPhone users! A new application called Cogs is sure to race your boilers. It’s a fantastic, 3D puzzle game that challenges its players’ engineering prowess. This game is what happens when the basic puzzle slider meets a Steampunk Rubik’s Cube.
You can watch their trailer here to get a good feel for the game. It features two ways to play: Inventor Mode which introduces the player to what the finished product should look like before they begin, and Challenge Mode, which forces the player to work within an unforgiving 30 second time frame.
You can pick Cogs up in the iTunes Store. The demo is just 99 cents.
And, since we are on the topic of iPhones, I figured I’d deliver this secondary video featuring a modified Steampunk iPhone to give you all some ideas to modify your own phone. I think Meggrs did a fantastic job. Pictures are available here, on the inventor’s Flickr account. While you are over there, be sure to look into her “Steampunk Stuff” album. She has some fantastic talent!