Octopus chosen as model for first squishy robot

Is the Octobot a prototype for a ruling automated Cthulhu of the future?The diverse and complex Octopus has been chosen as the model for a new type of robot that is being developed. There are plenty of positive reasons to develop this kind of robot. A robot that can squeeze through small gaps is perfect for search and rescue. The soft parts won’t hurt a person and will be less likely to wear down. What other creature has demonstrated those tendencies other than the Octopus? Continue reading “Octopus chosen as model for first squishy robot”

Steampunk Cold Brew Machine gains interest at Coffee Festival

You may recall back on March 14th, I wrote about a complex looking coffee machine made by Professor Harris. It’s a Cold Brew contraption designed with pipes and gauges in order to make the extremely simple process of Cold Brew coffee making look more difficult. He took his inspiration from such artists as Rube Goldberg and Heath Robinson. Continue reading “Steampunk Cold Brew Machine gains interest at Coffee Festival”

STARLING Watches ready to ship

STARLING Collectable Steampunk Vintage Jewelry Pocket Watches Now Available. They are the Perfect Limited Edition Victorian Cosplay Accessory with Chillovean Lights. (PRNewsFoto/STARLING Watches)
STARLING Collectable Steampunk Vintage Jewelry Pocket Watches Now Available. They are the Perfect Limited Edition Victorian Cosplay Accessory with Chillovean Lights. (PRNewsFoto/STARLING Watches)

Remember the gorgeous pocket watches with the Chillovean light system that has 6 million combinations? It just so happens that they are now available to purchase. Continue reading “STARLING Watches ready to ship”

Colourful pocket watches Imagineered

Rewind watch
Rewind watch

I have been in touch with Starling and they have been telling me about their steampunk pocket watches. They’re a joint enterprise between Frank Cohen and Terri Hardin Jackson – a Disney Imagineer with ten years design experience for the famous animation studios. The six designs each have a back story which covers their creation and their magical powers. The latter is backed up with the watch utilising a Chillovean glow effect that has a 16 million colour gamut. Continue reading “Colourful pocket watches Imagineered”

Lomography Society look to Kickstarter to revive Victorian lens

Petzval58_mood01Rejoicing in the 175 year anniversary of Joseph Petzval’s first lens, the New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens is a continuation of the legacy that began in 1840.

I recently posted about the gorgeous new Petzval 85 lens from the Lomography Society and they’ve just sent an electronic telegram about a new lens that they’re setting up a Kickstarter campaign for.

Based on the technology used to renew the Petzval 85, the Petzval 58 is a 58mm focal length Bokeh Control Art lens. For those that are unfamiliar with bokeh, it’s Japanese for “blur” and is used to describe the out of focus backgrounds of photographs. The better the lens, the “rounder” the blurred street lights, for example.

The Bokeh Control lens, you can swirl the bokeh to create artistic effects in the lens. The 58 lens has a new control ring to allow you to judge how much of the swirl you include in the shot. Have a read of the Press Release below for more information. Continue reading “Lomography Society look to Kickstarter to revive Victorian lens”

Petzval (D)SLR lens from the Lomographic Society

Petzval lens isometric view
Petzval lens isometric view

The Lomographic Society and Zenit have teamed up to present a gorgeous new accessory for your photography. The Petzval lens is a redesigned version of the original Petzval from 1840. It’s a beautiful brass tube with modern lens elements and a mount to fit Nikon F and Canon EF SLR and DSLR. No communication is made from lens to camera and even the aperture uses the old Waterhouse system.

It looks a little weird on the end of a DSLR, but isn’t that what steampunk is all about? Not to mention that the actual development of this lens is steampunk essence in itself. The designs come from a Victorian lens with modern lens technology in an old fashioned design.

Take a look at the information below and let me know what you think. Continue reading “Petzval (D)SLR lens from the Lomographic Society”