This stern mechanical monk is a marvel of early automation; likely built in the 1560s, it is a completely self-acting device, with all of its clockwork mechanisms hidden beneath its cloak. Today, the clockwork monk can still scoot about, moving its mouth and arms in silent prayer.
Science fiction erotica press Circlet has just released Like Clockwork, its second anthology of sexy steampunk stories. So just how steamy can steampunk be? Check out a sample below.
This device looks like a mechanical war chariot crossed with some kind of backflipped sexbot. Dubbed "Triceratops" by designer Kazuhiko Nakamura, this steampunk kaiju is just one of the artist's many fantastical creations. Check out his haunting citiscape, below, which he calls "Requiem for Industry."
This was the face of artificial intelligence for the 18th century. The watchmaker Abraham Louis Breguet made this pocket watch out of gold and rock crystal for French queen Marie Antoinette. It, and 39 other watches stolen from an Israeli museum 25 years ago, just turned up mysteriously. They also include another…