R2-D2 Joins the Steampunk Craze

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Steampunk this, steampunk that, even steampunk Star Trek and now steampunk Star Wars. This is R2S2, a working steam version of everyone's favorite astromechanical droid created by I-Wei Huang. It won't be able to calculate a hyperspace jump, but it will probably be able plot a Nautilus trip across some subterranean sea under Australia.

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Or at least it looks like it can, which is all that matters with all the artifacts that Wired has collected into a gallery. Here are our favorites, including a Gilliamesque Macintosh SE, but check out their gallery for other wonders, like the Original Model 420 Pneumatiform Infumationizer.

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Illustration for article titled R2-D2 Joins the Steampunk Craze

Steam-Driven Dreams: The Wondrously Whimsical World of Steampunk [Wired]

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what's so steamy about the iriver thing? I mean it looks nice, but maybe slightly misplaced? ;)