Thursday, September 30, 2010

Steampunk Professor Xavier Wheelchair

One of the most easily recognizable icons in western comic book culture is Professor Charles Xavier, a bald man in a wheelchair. Often, the design for the wheelchair is pretty cool; but a fan and artist by the name of Daniel Valdez decided he would do something incredibly unique — he decided to create a Steampunk Professor Xavier and a wheelchair to boot.

The wheelchair from Smeeon is actually an Eastlake Victorian Rocker which has been heavily modded to give it the authentic steampunk look and feel. Every detail from the controls to the seat design, from the pistons to the finish, and everything in between really gives this wheelchair a genuine steampunk feeling to it.

The color scheme is very reminiscent of a Victorian noble, and the wheelchair is controlled by a control panel, similar to the electric wheelchairs we have now, except it is designed to look like it is powered by steam. In fact, the appearance of steam-power is included in the design, as there is a smokestack which produces steam.

The design is definitely very cool, and as a steampunk concept much like the others… It’s simple. It’s appealing. And it is most certainly tried, tested, and true.

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