- It is a type of Communications Equipment.
A small rectangle of polylucent cuprothallium provides a constant heads-up three dimensional display for the wearer. Although useless by itself, the headpiece can be interfaced with virtually any number of TL–13+ devices by using a multiplexer similar to that used with commdots. The multiplexer not only coordinates the information for the user but also synchronously records the multiple signals onto one standard holocrystal for later review.
Their use is common among bridge and engineering personnel on starships as well as smaller craft. For example, someone flying in a Grav Belt while using a neural activity sensor handset would find it inconvenient (to say the least) to refer to the readout on his backpack. Instead, the sensor’s output is immediately displayed on his headpiece. At the same time, he can monitor his altitude, airspeed, position, and the operational status of his grav belt batteries and grav units. If he is also wearing a vacc suit, he can read off his oxygen supply and internal temperature besides.
History & Background (Dossier)
At the highest technology levels secondary and even primary workstations start to be removed from the bridge and engineering starting in yachts and non military craft, as the headpiece and a hand-held input device or dataglove provide a complete virtual workstation. It is know that some yachts have completely removed the bridge as the owners thought the space for workstations was unnecessary.
When desired, the headpiece can be swung out of the way above the head; when the display is turned off, the cuprothallium is transparent. About three percent of the population find it difficult to focus properly on the headpiece and are unable to use the device.
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- Gary L. Thomas. Grand Census (Digest Group Publications, 1987), TBD.
- Marc Miller. Imperial Encyclopedia (Game Designers Workshop, 1987), 56.
- Joe Fugate, J. Andrew Keith, Gary L. Thomas. World Builder's Handbook (Digest Group Publications, 1989), TBD.
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- Author & Contributor: Lord (Marquis) and Master of Sophontology Maksim-Smelchak of the Ministry of Science