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Steampunk Items of Interest: Edited and Updated

 I saw this at craziestgadgets.com and figured to post it here: 

First up: the Power Claw 


Edited Details: Christian Ristow is an L.A. based (demolishing) artist tearing down iconage art with stuff he designs. He creates bio-mechnical engines of destruction for his amusement/artistic endevor.  
 
Details are scant but it appears that this functional armored power hand claw was built by a full grown man for his own entertainment. Dreams of becoming superheroes never die, apparently. The Hand Claw is made of aluminum and is a prototypical example of wearable robotics. The claw is driven by a compressed air tank. The sharp tips of the claw are designed to punch and pierce into objects with the the claw closed and then completely destroy the object from the inside out by opening the claw.

Unfortunately the builder of this piece of machinery did not list his home address, so I’ll just walk around everywhere I go in a highly paranoid state fearful of getting ’sploded from the inside out by this geek. Although to be honest, he’s probably doesn’t get out much, so I don’t know what I’m worried about. I’ll just avoid all parents’ basements and I’ll be safe. Phew. I feel much better knowing I won’t get attacked by a robotic human claw.


Next up: The HandyCooler. While not exactly steampunk; this should help people who tend to get overheated while wearing their outfits. Especially in convention event rooms and outdoors during the height of summer. It of course can be painted and tricked out to look steamy with a little bit of external modification(s).
 


The Handycooler is more than just a good looking personal fan, it uses effective evaporative cooling technology by utilizing a water filter to keep you cool. Inside the device is a small sponge you drop water onto. The fan then draws the water over the damp sponge and can cool you off by up to 25 degrees Fahrenheit. The humidifying effect of the cool moist air alleviates allergies and soothes breathing.

It’s basically a handheld swamp cooler. If you live in a hot dry climate like most of Arizona or other desert areas, I’m sure you know exactly what a swamp cooler is and how well they work to cool you off using a minimal amount of 
energy (especially compared to a standard air conditioner). The Handycooler works on your choices of 4 AA batteries, USB power, or a standard wall outlet. Battery life is a generous five hours and the 7 ounce gadget measures 2.5 x 2 x 7 inches.
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