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”
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”
What happens when you take a gorgeous Hot Rod and replace the chrome with copper? This Factory Five 1933 Hot Rod, that’s what. Continue reading “Someone has made a steampunk Hot Rod and it’s beautiful”
I love my pocket watch and I take it everywhere. It’s actually quite modern because I’m frankly too lazy to keep winding one. That could be the only reason I wouldn’t use the Tesla Watch from ThinkGeek. Well, if the … Continue reading Goodbye pocket watch, hello Tesla 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”
Last May saw the release of the Cryptex flash drive from Steampunk Junkies. Inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci, the Russian designer Stanislav Tatarinov, from Siberia, has managed to give the flash drive a steampunk update. Continue reading “Steampunk Junkies Cryptex flash drive”
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”
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”
Mini has showcased a new development to driving which takes the driving experience into the future while making you look as though you’re in the past.The BMW owned company say that the new MAV goggles are just what every driver needs. Continue reading “Mini unveils new futuristic steampunk driving goggles”