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……..