Monday, August 15, 2011

Steampunk Holmes Technology: Mechanical Drawings

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In addition to portraits of characters and illustrated and animated scenes from the story, we are also developing mechanical drawings of the coolest gadgets in the story.

This enhances the interactive aspect of the book that much more.  When you are reading the story you can already touch any character's name and see a portrait of that character and a little background.  In addition, when you run across the mention of certain gadgets like the Black Widow, the Nautilus, Weapons, and so forth a mechanical drawing will display showing the device in more detail and how it works.

The mechanical drawing to the left shows the workings of Doctor Watson's mechanical arm.  It's powered by a Hydrogen Peroxide steam (the byproducts are pure oxygen and water vapor) and its movements are coordinated by a small analog computer called a Lepine Caliber Engine.

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I like to think that these details add some realism to the story while also providing more art and background to add to the enhancement of the story.  We've actually done a lot of research and thinking about the world in which Steampunk Holmes takes place and its fun to share some of that with readers. It also forms a solid foundation on which to develop future stories.  To the right is the start of a mechanical showing how the Black Widow functions and is built.  I can't wait to show off all the cool features this motorcycle is going to have - Batman and James Bond would be proud to drive it.


Sharath said...

I cannot wait for your book to be released. The level of detailing is simply amazing. Hope you release this masterpiece on multiple platforms (Honeycomb ;))

App Book Producer said...

Hi Sharath,

Thanks for the complement! We are all enjoying the creative priocess. I should have some updates in the next couple days!