Maker Faire 2009: Steampunk Laptop, Keyboards, And… Other Things


By Evan Ackerman

The only thing I don’t like about steampunk is that it tends to promise more than it delivers, like these ray guns, which don’t actually vaporize people. This steampunk laptop, on the other hand, works as advertised. It’s not powered by steam or anything, but it’s working laptop, and it looks badass, which (I think) is most of the point of steampunkizing something.


The keyboards are custom made out of vintage parts, and cost between $1200 and $1500 (or more) depending on what you want it to look like.

One more slightly NSFW object, after the jump.


This thing? Yeah, it’s a fully functional steam powered vibrator. You’d better like it hot, though, cause according to creator vniow, “when I tried to run it off of steam earlier though it got REALLY hot, you have to wear like welding gloves to hold it and even then its almost too hot to handle.” Good times.

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12 thoughts on “Maker Faire 2009: Steampunk Laptop, Keyboards, And… Other Things”

  1. Would you please (PLEASE!!) stop saying “after the jump”?

    There is no “jump” – 99% of the time you use this phrase, the reality is that you need say nothing at all; if you must pad out your sentences try “immediately below” (note use of the word “immediately” – no jump!).

    Thank you.

  2. Well, sure, if it bothers you… It just means, “follow the link to see the rest of the post.” Jump refers to the fact that if you see this post on the main page, you only really see about 2/3 of it, make sense?

  3. Thanks for the reply, Evan

    Mostly when I read Ohgizmo via RSS I rarely get the sense that there is a
    link to something elsewhere – many, many times your “after the jump” seems
    to refer *explicitly* to the next paragraph or the picture immediately below
    that phrase

    Apologies if I was misunderstanding your intended usage – but I do think it
    IS overused and there may not always be a link (but I'm probably wrong)

    Carry on – it won't stop me reading – just makes me mutter “what effing
    jump?” under my breath. Life has its little burdens… ๐Ÿ™‚


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  4. For what it's worth, if “after the jump” appears in an article, it does always mean that there's a “more” link. And it does usually refer explicitly to what's coming next, 'cause I want you to click on and read the rest of the article that I put my blood, sweat, and tears into. Usually, articles are broken up this way if they include lots of text or several big pictures that would take up a disproportionate amount of space on the main page.

    RSS readers are all a little different; when I use Google Reader, sometimes it truncates articles at “more” links and sometimes it pulls the whole thing. I dunno why.

    Tell ya what, I'll try and change it up a little bit every once in a while, with phrases like “after the break” or “below the fold” or “click on, Macduff.”

  5. Yeah – I guess it's the RSS thing – cos I never see links, just complete,
    unabbreviated articles, with all your blood sweat and tears for all to see.
    Hence the jump thing annoys me. I can see it is needed for people who see
    partial articles and need encouraging to click and see the results of your
    blood sweat and tears in full.

    It's off my chest now, anyway. ๐Ÿ˜‰


    FWIW my viewing method is Google Reader gadget on my iGoogle page


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  7. ย That is main thing about it. I think that you covered the points well, however I think that perhaps a better picture would be better for this article.

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