Final Frame: The Ultimate Steampunk PC

Final Frame: The Ultimate Steampunk PC

Gregory Han
Nov 18, 2011

Coming soon? We can't wait to see The Clacker once finished and in action, complete with powered, spinning brass mechanical display, vintage Atwater-Kent horn speakers, an antique video projector that gives off the effects of an old fashioned projection box, and a telegraph shaped mouse...

This is a "teaser page" for a work-in-progress that will be available for purchase very soon. It is a full PC suite including keyboard, mouse, mouse pad, PC, LCD, speakers, table, and even a matching chair. While I understand that the title, "The Clacker", will be most amusing to my British and Australian fans (Google it), the name is actually a reference to the novel "The Difference Engine", by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling, a novel which influenced me heavily in my early days as a tinkerer and cemented my love of the pseudo-Victorian "steampunk" aesthetic. The PC features a powered, spinning brass mechanical display reminiscent of Charles Babbage's "Analytical Engine" and "Difference Engine", which were giant brass mechanical calculators invented in the early 1900s whose functions influenced the design of modern computers. One of my "Marquis" keyboards will eventually accompany this PC, to better match the acanthus engraving on the LCD. Pictured on either side are vintage Atwater-Kent speakers which have been modernized with PC speakers, including volume and power control knobs built into the base. The LCD also features an antique video projector built into the back which is powered and spins custom brass film reels while LED lighting flickers in a custom projection box, to give the impression that the image is being projected onto the LCD through the back (pictures to come later). The projector and light box are visible through bevelled glass in the side of the LCD housing.
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