Living in the digital age, having never held an abacus in our hands and most likely never having looked at the sun to tell the time, we begin to forget how the path to our greatest engineering triumphs began. Digital and mechanical clocks, hourglassesbut what about steam-powered clocks? Let's peel back some of the steel layers to see how steam power can keep exact time. Steam devices were described as early as the 1st century BC, but only now in the 21st can you observe their operation on your very own computer. These boilers, turbines and pistons have never been such a treat to view; no animated screensaver has ever turned the laws of physics into such a spectacular show! So, my friend, let's have a look at the machine room, I shall show you how these steam devices work! Oh, I see that you are taken aback? I do hope all these turbines, propellers and gauges won't frighten you, I keep a close eye on my steel dominion, warns the mechanic, a gnome who knows his way around steam engines. Have a seat in the meantime, friend, while I lubricate these piston valves! While your 3D screensaver goes about its mechanical business, you can simply observe the operation of this intricate, time-tested mechanism while gazing at the roaring fire. The gnome mechanic will make sure that the time is exact, take care of the turbines and toss more coal into the fire. This animated screensaver will remind you of a time when travelling hundreds of miles was a real event. Of a time when the word screensaver was a meaningless jumble of letters. And of the time, of course, too! This screensaver will always tell you the time and leave you impressed!
Platform Windows XP
Operating Systems Windows XP,Windows Vista,Windows 7
Date added 25 Feb 2011
Last Updated 25 Feb 2011
Tags 3d, screensaver, steam, clock, steam punk