All steamed up
We take for granted that new computers, phones and tablets will be smaller and sleeker than their predecessors. Not so in the realm of steampunk, where up-to-date devices look like antiques.
With roots in '60s science fiction, steampunk has become a multiple-arts movement based on the whimsical notion that the era of steam power continues. In the realm of tech gadgets, that means trading black plastic cases and chrome accents for brass, leather and finely finished wood surfaces.
From a printer that looks like a stock ticker to a USB memory key made with watch parts, every steampunk device straddles centuries. Here are some of our favorites, including both products for sale and one-of-a-kind masterworks.