In Pictures: Queen Victoria's gadgets - tech gear for the steampunk set

Occupying a fantastic world where Charles Darwin meets Steve Jobs, steampunk-modded devices blend 19th- and early 20th-century styles with 21st-century tech. Get an eyeful of these cool and clever computers, cellphones, speakers and more.

Turn of the (20th) century laptop The Kowal Portable Typewriter & Adding Machine #4 shows that fantasy and reality can coexist. It took Hugo Award-winning writer Mary Robinette Kowal a few hours to transform an off-the-shelf ThinkPad X61 into her steampunk ideal.

After covering the system's functional but boring keys with appliques that use a font reminiscent of Maxfield Parrish illustrations, she made wood inserts for the space bar, the Enter key and specialty buttons. To finish the look, she covered the wrist rest and screen lid with marbled sticker paper that could have been ripped from a three-volume Victorian novel.

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