The Coolest Steampunk Mouse You'll See All Day

Andy Chalk

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The Coolest Steampunk Mouse You'll See All Day


A chap by the name of Paradox has designed and built what could very well be the world's greatest custom-built mouse, a Steampunk design with wood and brass construction that incorporates a real mouse skeleton.

On display at his blog, the mouse features a wooden base mounted to a body made of brass tubing and I-beam shaped pieces, while vintage typewriter keys emblazoned with alchemy symbols serve as the buttons. The scroll wheel is covered by two hollowed clock gears and a thin strip of brass, and remains fully functional as both a wheel and a fifth mouse button.

After that, it gets a bit weird. The builder just happened to have a complete mouse skeleton in a box (hey, don't ask me) and decided to incorporate parts of it into the design. The mouse skull was affixed to a large gear which was then placed over the device's circuit board, and an LED was inserted through a small hole drilled in the skull, making it glow when the mouse is moved. The creature's spine was laid into the mouse "rib cage," running the length of the device, while the rodent's shoulder blades were attached to the front, where the wire connects. Finally, a pair of 9mm shells were attached to the back for added decoration.

Tying up the package is the mouse pad, made from scrap Victorian wooden trim, brass trims and rivets, and mini wood corbels purchased at a local hobby shop. The whole package took roughly 22 hours to assemble at a cost of $40-50, using just a bench grinder, a Dremel, coping saw and a lot of sew a bantha [http://jbweld.net/index.php].

You can see this awesome Steampunk computer mouse in all its glory at neo-Victorian keyboard and monitor [http://thetentacleparadox.com/blog/2008/12/08/the-paradox-mouse-steampunk-computer-mouse/], an earlier project that actually inspired the construction of the mouse. This stuff is not to be missed.

(Thanks to Boing-Boing [http://www.boingboing.net/2008/12/10/jawdropping-steampun.html] for the hookup.)


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NeedAUserName

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Alas, only 100 years to late... That thing wouldn't have looked out of place in a Victorian Household... Hell he could probably leave it in a Victorian Museum and no one would know that it wasn't an exhibit.
 

PsyberGoth

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thats cool as, except the whole actual dead mouse bits. even if they're fake, that's still creepy.
 

Blind0bserver

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After looking at this guy's entire steampunk setup I, well, I'm just going to say it: I want to rob this man blind. This stuff of his looks amazing and I want it. This guy could make a hell of a lot of money of he custom made stuff like this for people.

Oh, and if that guy went out and killed that mouse just so he could use the skeleton for this, that makes it all sorts of epic.
 

Sylocat

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Wasn't there a full computer setup designed with a steampunk theme a while back? Or was it just a custom keyboard that looked like a typewriter?
 

Limos

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I don't even care about the practicality of this setup. It's fucking sweet and I need it.
 

Siuss

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Sylocat said:
Wasn't there a full computer setup designed with a steampunk theme a while back? Or was it just a custom keyboard that looked like a typewriter?
http://www.neoversum.com/neoworld/files/page3_blog_entry4_1.jpg

Yes, there are many, some boring, others pure sex. ^^ My favorite so far, put that mouse on it, and bam, I love you.

http://letmegooglethatforyou.com/?q=steampunk+computers
 

ThaBenMan

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That's fucking awesome, I love it. I would never actually use it for fear of breaking it, but it's an amazing piece of art. The other stuff he made is really cool too.
 

Andy Chalk

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While it's an amazing piece of art, I doubt that even the most liberal steampunk renditions would actually feature an input device like this. Steampunk computers should be run by punch cards and mechanical switches. Sort of like the Zuse Z3, but put back in time about four decades.
 

WolfMage

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Vanguard1219 said:
After looking at this guy's entire steampunk setup I, well, I'm just going to say it: I want to rob this man blind. This stuff of his looks amazing and I want it. This guy could make a hell of a lot of money of he custom made stuff like this for people.

Oh, and if that guy went out and killed that mouse just so he could use the skeleton for this, that makes it all sorts of epic.
Hmm, time to go stock up on robbing gear.
You can have the mouse, I'll take his monitor and keyboard.
 

ckeymel

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zomg. I am pretty sure I have the perfect outfit to wear while sitting at my neo-victorian computer, using my neo-victorian keyboard and mouse. Want now! Please!
 

Andy Chalk

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It's very pretty, but we're missing the big picture here. Where's my matching Steampunk Computer?
 

Bagaloo

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It took me a while to realise you were talking about an actual rodent skeleton...
Hey, don't look at me like that, I'm tired :p
 

Fanboy

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That is pretty awesome. Although when using a mouse, I never look at it, I only feel it; Having a mouse that feels smooth and has an ergonomic design is more important than one that looks cool. But I'm sure he didn't make it for practical reasons.
 

Sion_Barzahd

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An amazing mouse, and made from pure genius. I'd love to have something similar for my computer, though without the rodent bones thanks.
Thats a touch too creepy even for my tastes.
 

L4Y Duke

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To be honest, it looks like it's not very user-friendly. Probably cut your hand open doing work-stuff, let alone the frantic clickety-click action of most PC games.