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Steampunk iPod

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Published: September 14, 2009
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My second Daily Deviation!!
Thank you so much :iconinmc:!

*And no Marco (INMC), I'm not mad I got my message box flooded with comments from other Deviants on this piece! What else could be more warming to the heart and the soul than to come back after the Holidays to find so many kind encouraging words from so many other talented artists?? Thank you all!

Created for The3DArtistClub Technology Contest. :iconthe3dartistclub:

WON SECOND PLACE!! YEY!! :thumb145669505:

It took some thinking how I would solve the iPod screen or the concept of the circular control for browsing the iPod menus :)

Actually, from this render angle, you can't see it, but the letter cylinders spell out in the "text viewer": Faux Reveur Chill Set, which is the record I was listening to while making this piece.

I was going to make a version with the iPod cover off, so you could see the internal workings, with multiple dented/textured cylinders much like the ones you find in a music box (the old grandma popping out little ballerina type music boxes). In the end I figured it would be too much work, and besides, the covered version has plenty of detail anyway :)

In the end, the result of this concept gadget renders a monophonic music played from metallic cylinders brushing their textured dots on another metallic brush thingy.

The vapor pressure cylinder is for powering each one of those music cylinders, and you choose which one by making the appropriate connection when you rotate the iPod "ClickWheel".

I put on it a a pressure gauge, you don't want to make the music go to fast by putting to much pressure hehe :) (and you want to check up on how much playing time you have, so you can add more water and heat it up hehehe :D

The earphones I decided should be a variation of a gramophone, but still looking like the common iPod plugs.

Of course I also put in the "screen" the little bar that tells you where in the song you are hehe (the little diamond).

The only thing I didn't figure out was how to upload music to your steampunk ipod, I guess you just change the cylinders, or get bootleg copies hehehe, and you "connect" your iPod to recharge steam :D

According to the ClickWheel, this is a 12 cylinder iPod... if U want more music in your unit, you have to wait for the 24 cylinder one hehe.

Please don't bootleg music cylinders, think of all the blacksmiths out there making a living with them.

Made with 3dsMax, working mostly with the basic Mental Ray textures. I made textures for the iPod cover, the letter cylinder, and the ClickWheel.
Rendered with Mental Ray, using a HDR map and some additional light objects using GlowLume.

Work time for the model and texturing about 4 hours, render time about 20mins.

Some slight touch ups in Photoshop and added my name.

Cheers :)
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TheNidorino's avatar
TheNidorinoStudent Traditional Artist
4 hours?? How did something so magnificent get done so quickly?
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CreativeProblemChildStudent Digital Artist
how did you come up with this?
otas32's avatar
otas32Professional General Artist
I like steampunk, I had an iPod. One thing lead to another.
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sagaratutujiStudent Traditional Artist
Very cool☆
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My Positive side: Cool! If that was real it would take technology to the next ten levels!
My Negative side: Oh look. Some sci-fi sh*t.
PS: Don't take the negative side seriously. It's a practice for my new comic. And the positive side is my real opinion!
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JonsukkaHobbyist General Artist
Is that real?
I´s awesome!! And ubelievable!
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marssettaHobbyist General Artist
DaMN! This is crazy!
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Wow that looks amazing! O_O. I wonder if it works...
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khvalisProfessional Photographer
Too awesome for words!
Meepsia's avatar
I want one of those :-D
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xXHimeko-chan8XxStudent Digital Artist
I can't take my eyes off this. This is incredibly awesome! :D
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otas32Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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JayceelStudent Traditional Artist
screw apple, I want this!
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otas32Professional General Artist
hahahaha I say screw Apple for no particular reason. But I also want this!
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SilvaInkStudent General Artist
This is really rad! Glad to have come across it and now have the opportunity to stare at what you've done.
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otas32Professional General Artist
Thanks :)
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AviKohlProfessional Digital Artist
I think I'm gonna need a second monocle...
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otas32Professional General Artist
hahaha glasses then? or more magnification?
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StoryOfAGirlGoneBiHobbyist General Artist
this is really amazing! i love it! i wish i had one just like it even if it seems complicated. 
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otas32Professional General Artist
Me too :)
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skogsmuppenStudent General Artist
i wish i could have that irl.. lol it looks so slick
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otas32Professional General Artist
I've thought about making a 3d print of it... maybe I should!
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