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Autopop

AutoPop
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Cost 20 Cr
Size 20 cm3
Type Personal item
Tech Level TL–10
Weight 100g
Autopops are hard to classify since they are allegedly a food product, yet yield no nutrition and are not consumable. Imperial authorities often classify them as "curiosities" or entertainment devices.

Autopops are electronic lollypops. The device uses electro-gustometry to simulate flavours and scents.

The autopop consists of a spherical “flavour bulb”, about 25mm wide, attached, via a cord to a small control unit. The control unit features a small screen, an on/off toggle and a number pad. In use, the user chooses a flavour, by dialing up the number of the desired taste and sucks on the flavour bulb.

Flavour software for the autopop is purchased separately, as downloads. The flavours are purchased in groups, called “sweet suites”; these include such collections as “Fruit Fantasies”, “Candy Creations”, “Cocktails”, “Chocolate World” and the “Gross Collection”, designed for practical jokes.

A bioelectric device, which was originally built as a give-away, promotional device for the Better 'N Real billboard company, but became so popular that they went into permanent production.

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Autoserver

Autoserver
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Cost Variable
Size 4m³
Type Personal item
Tech Level TL–8
Weight 50kg

A common device, used by busy people, the autoserver is a multi-function unit which delivers meals at pre-set times. The unit consists of a large refrigerated food storage unit, a heating unit and an arrangement of robot arms and conveyor tracks to deliver the food to the hatch. Typically, autoservers are hired by individuals who take out a contract with the autoserver company to supply the machine. The autoserver will heat (or chill) and serve up to 5 pre-cooked meals a day at set times, chosen by the operator. The menu choice is wider with more expensive models and narrower with cheaper models, but even the cheapest autoserver company will offer around 4 different morning meals, 10 different day-meals and 20 different evening meals, with 8 different snacks for other times. Autoservers are available with different storage capacities; the cheapest hold 1 week's meals for 4 people or 4 weeks meals for 1 person and must be refilled at the end of that time, more expensive models will hold up to a month's meals for 4 people or 4 months food for 1 person while the most expensive are connected to an in-house conveyor unit and are refilled daily. These expensive models will deliver meals for up to 10 people. To use an autoserver, the user chooses their week's menu from the computerised list and sets the timer. The CPU inside the unit will inform the delivery office of the required meals and a delivery unit will be dispatched to fill the machine. The autoserver will then sound a tone at the appropriate meal times. All the user must do is remove the food from the unit and close the hatch. Autoservers run on contract, with cheaper models costing around CR10 per person per day. Most autoserver companies provide food for infants under 1 year old free with an adult's meals. Autoservers are built in, with the smaller models being around 4m³ in size and the largest being around 8m³ in size. This device appears at TL8.

A larger shipboard model of the autoserver is available for the use of ship's passengers and crew. These units do not run on contract, but are usually refilled using pre-packed modules by a crew member. They hold and deliver up to 2 month's meals for up to 10 people.

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  • Morandir Armson
 

Cropac

Cropac
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Type Personal item
Tech Level TL–3
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A popular board game, cropac is easy to learn, but hard to master. Games usually take from one to two hours and involves two persons


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Gilyr

Gilyr
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Type Personal item
Tech Level TL–7
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The Gilyr is a popular musical instrument. It consists of up to 128 laser sensors connected to a build-in synthesizer. The interruptions of the beams with a hand or bow produce sounds, with the duration and frequency depending upon the timing and location of the interruptions. [1]

What is unknown is who originally created the Gilyr... Was it humans or non-humans? Did it originally serve a ritualistic role? Why does it resemble many stringed Terran instruments? [2]

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  1. Jae Campbell. Signal-GK 07 (Signal-GK, 1993), page/s 10.
  2. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim Smelchak
 

Gnak'kak

Gnak'kak
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Type Personal item
Tech Level TL–5
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Gnak'kak is a form of K'kree art. Gnak'kak consists of a series of holographic projectors, which create a three-dimensional image of native plants from the grasslands of Kirur waving in the wind, a sound projector which produces about fifteen minutes worth of (to human ears) discordant cacophony, and a large number of waxy crescents. These crescents are the main part of the art, all the rest being roughly equivalent to the frame of a painting or the pedestal of a sculpture. To appreciate Gnak'kak, a K'kree sets up the pictures and sound, and places one of the crescents in the palm of his hand, seating it against the thumb and curling the fingers gently around it. The crescents are made from a mixture of waxes which melt as slightly different temperatures. As the K'kree's hand warms the wax, each different type melts in turn, releasing a series of odors. To a K'kree, these odors are the most important component of any form of artwork.

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Lie Detector

Lie Detector
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Cost Cr1,200
Size 30.0 cm3
Type Personal item
Tech Level TL–9
Weight 2.0 kg
Manufacturer Various

A Lie Detector is an interrogation device designed to detect deception by measuring changes in the brain. The lie detector uses two probes; one inserted into the medulla and one into the fore brain. These probes are very fine and are inserted via a remote guided robot arm. Doses of broad-spectrum anti-bacterial drugs are required by subjects of this device.

Lie detectors detect the "formation" of a lie in the brain, the electro-chemical changes of actual thought. Because of the nature of the sensors used in the lie detector, the device can detect, not only deliberate falsehoods, but also other non-true statements, including statements in which the subject knows a correct answer subconsciously but genuinely believes a false answer to be true or even stories, which the teller knows are untrue, but are told with no intention to deceive, such as fables.

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Multichronometer

Multichronometer
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Cost 500
Size
Type Personal item
Tech Level TL–10
Weight 0.1 kg

An important survey sensor, but one easily overlooked by those who have never left their home planets, is the Scout Multichronometer. This timepiece sets itself, in one planetary rotation, to local zero meridian time, local solar time, and local sidereal time. A setting allows for automatic time zone conrrections according to world size. The mulitchronometer also keeps Imperial standard time.

The sidereal and zero meridian times are of interest mainly to the astronomer and navigator, giving them the spin place of the world, its year length and other information.

Personal multichronometer: TL-10, 0.1 kg, Cr 500

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Pulmn

Pulmn Incense
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Cost Cr12
Size 12.0 mL
Type Personal item
Tech Level TL–6
Weight 10.0 grams
Manufacturer Various
Pulmn is an incense made from dried kelp grown on Ishkaa (Dagudashaag 2309) and forms the primary export for the world. It burns with a soft fruity aroma and has long been a traditional item used by the people of Ishkaa, and later became popular in Imperial space after Vilani traders began distributing the product.

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