Feds want you to identify their mystery steampunk tech collection

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has a bit of a problem. Their antique tech collection includes a bunch of vintage gear that they don't know a whole bunch about, so they want the public to put on their Antiques Roadshow hats and tell them what they've got.

The collection looks like the contents of a steampunk collector's storage locker. Some of the items are pretty easy to figure out, and they just want to know more about who made them, while others appear to be a complete mystery.

It seems that crowdsourcing has suddenly become popular with the Feds, so here's a way you can help our cash strapped government out. Click through the gallery, and If you think you know exactly what something is, head over to the NIST website where you can share your knowledge.

Our gallery is just the tip of the iceberg, there's a bunch more mystery gear over at the NIST site.

NIST, via PopSci

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