Steampunk bandwidth gauge

@Skytee made this gorgeous, Arduino-powered steampunk bandwidth gauge based on a similar project by Tom Igoe from Make Magazine: "I needed a linear scale from 0 through 100, saying Mbps, thus making it a TorrentMeter. I chose the logo of Dingfabrik as manufacturer logo, since that is where @PylonC and I disassembled the voltmeter when it arrived in the mail. And I needed it to look as old as the original, so I stained it. To do so, I just took a clean baking tray, filled it with black tea and slowly shoved in a sheet of paper sideways. That's rather important to avoid having bubbles under the sheet, thus creating an even stain."

TorrentMeter - A steampunk bandwidth meter (via Make)


  1. It’s quite beautiful, but I don’t really understand what constitutes steampunk anymore. Is it steampunk just because it applies a Victorian aesthetic to modern technology, even though all they did was apply a fairly standard-looking old gauge design to a different measurement? Add some superfluous cogs and a non-functioning piston and it’s steampunk. This is just Victorian. Or am I completely off-base?

    1. Totally agree. “Brass internet speed gauge” would have totally sold me. But Nooooooooooo it’s gotta be STEAMPUNK gauge.

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