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Popular Mechanics was at Steam Powered, the California Steampunk Convention, and has a piece on their site of favorite gadgets from the con. Seen here, from top to bottom: The Stroh violin, Holly Conrad’s mechanical wings, and Kevin O’Hare’s box camera digital casemod.

10 Best Old-Is-New Gadgets from 2008 Steampunk Convention

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Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.


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  1. Andrew Plumb on said:

    I spotted a predecessor to that Zohl violin at the Deutsches Museum in Munich a couple of years back: http://flickr.com/photos/aplumb/121281640/in/set-72057594092419973/

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