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Neo Victorian Keyboard / Monitor

So I finally can check off the “Customize and make a steampunk keyboard/monitor” entry that has been on my list of things to do for years! I really do hate using the word steampunk, but its become the modern and accepted label for this aesthetic. I’m pretty happy with the outcome, although my next attempt would probably have some significant changes now that I know what I’m doing. I feel that my obsession with transforming the everyday object to something more aesthetically aligned with the world of my psyche has pushed this unconscious universe one step closer to a tangible reality. Did I ever mention that this universe in my mind has a strong focus on form over function??

The Paradox Keyboard

Ive always been a fan of mini sized keyboards for Ive never use the number pad thats typically on the right side. I also always hated the way traditional technology looks in contrast to all the antique furniture that adorns my home, so I always had keyboards hidden in drawers. So with this, my first SteamPunk keyboard project uses a mini USB keyboard measuring 12.5″ x 6″. This project took me well over a month to complete, with most of the time used on modifying the keyboard and typewriter keys. In the same amount of time it took me to make this keyboard, I made my entire 6 ft long Neo-Victorian hood and stand for my aquarium!


Almost 2 full sets of vintage Typewriter keys were used along with a hand carved wooden spacebar! The frame was carved from wood, and functional colored LED indicator lights were added to designate Caps Lock, Number Lock, and Scroll Lock activation. This keyboard has been designed so that if for some reason, the electronics ever malfunction or breaks, a replacement keyboard’s internals can be swapped out fairly easily and cheaply. The completed keyboard types very smoothly and I can touch type on it with no problems!

These keyboards will be available for purchase through a made to order contract. The cost is a flexible $600 and reflects the incredibly tedious chore of creating one of these plus the costs of materials which include the two sets of vintage typewriter keys. If you are interested, please contact me here.

The Paradox Monitor

The monitor is made from a 24″ wide screen Samsung LCD attached to a desk arm that allows the monitor be positioned in any angle and stretch out a radius of a couple feet! I liked the idea of having the monitor seem like its hovering. A king of futuristic touch on something that looks like it was made a over a hundred years ago..

Since the monitor can be rotated 90 degrees, it allows me to use it as if its a giant LCD picture frame!

To access the monitors controls, the frame has a hinged area that opens to give you access.

Next on my list of things to do is to create a matching computer case.

To be continued……..

~ by Paradox009 on October 28, 2008.

30 Responses to “Neo Victorian Keyboard / Monitor”

  1. how much is the key board?

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  7. Instead of a flip down frame section, drillout the holes for the buttons and go with more keycaps on a spring mechanism to match your keyboard.

  8. wow ! that looks amazing

  9. no need dark sensate, as you wouldn’t need to adjust the settings on the monitor often enough to make it worth while.

  10. Marry me! lol

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  15. you think you could make a version with the numpad?
    I´m just interested in the keyboard.

  16. […] de casquillos de bala, como partes para su peculiar y extravagante ratón de ordenador. Viendo el teclado y el monitor que tiene tampoco es que el ratón desentone mucho, pero a ver quien es el listo que se atreve a […]

  17. That is majorly sick!

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  19. very original

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  24. […] The Paradox KeyboardA mini USB Keyboard, vintage typewriter keys, hand carved wooden space bar and “functional coloured LED indicator […]

  25. I’m the only one in this world. Can please someone join me in this life? Or maybe death…

  26. EBAY, PLEASE. O_O

  27. I always love a mini keyboard because it can help you escape the pain and other effects of carpal tunnel syndrome.

  28. Where do you find the materials: wood, keys, metals, etc?
    I woud love have a cell phone with this stetics.

    I make creatures with materials founded in Buenos Aires streets. You can see some of them here veroicono.blogspot.com

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  30. I was doing some random searching on the net for cool looking mini keyboards and found this here. So I was wondering would you be willing to make and sell one to me and if you would what would the cost be? Thanks

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