Genome Technology recruited a steampunk maestro to envision a whole new take on the mass spectrometer. If you haven't heard of it, steampunk involves the concept of taking technologically advanced pieces and rebuilding them to evoke the kind of craftsmanship more common in the age of steam engines. For instance, a modern-day laptop might be retrofitted with old typeset keys, wood and leather to replace its body, and brass feet (see inset photo). Since there's rarely a fad we're not interested in, Genome Technology commissioned steampunk artist I-Wei Huang to sketch out the retrochic version of a mass spectrometer. Until our NCRR grant comes in to actually build it, you'll have to enjoy the 2D version here.
GT Salutes Steampunk
Mar 31, 2008