Data Headpiece

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Data Headpiece
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Cost Cr5,000
Size 0.1 liter
Type Communications Gear
Tech Level TL–13
Weight 0.1kg
TBD
Data-Display/Recorder Headpiece represents a significant breakthrough in holographic display technology at TL–13.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

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.[1]

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.[1]

The data headpiece replaced the bulkier helmet mounted displays and  head mounted displays with a lighter and smaller piece of equipment that provides a true see-through heads-up display experience.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

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.

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Marc Miller. Imperial Encyclopedia (Game Designers Workshop, 1987), 56.