Lego’s Analytical Engine (with added Raspberry Pi).
Lego have their own version of Kickstarter to help bring new kits to life – and one new suggestion is for a steampunkish Victorian Analytical Engine (with added Raspberry Pi), complete with Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage minifigs, and this has been gaining lots of support (we were going to say a full head of steam, but that might be too cheesy).
The proposed kit ships with a monochromatic brick palette to help evoke a Victorian atmosphere and the engine itself is decorated with cogs, chains and pistons for a steampunk aesthetic.
There is also capacity for the model to house a Raspberry Pi v2.0 single-board computer (optional and would not be included with the price).
This set would ship with Analytical Engine (inc. store, mill, barrels), glass roof (removable), two easy access ‘service hatches’, gas lamps, punch cards, a Charles and Ada minifigures (inc. spanners) and who could forget their famous pet owl, Cogsworth.
Perhaps it should ship with a free copy of The Court of the Air, too, where you can read all about Stephen Hunt famous steam-driven computers, the ‘transaction engines’.