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Active exploratory canary

Active exploratory canary
Type Sensory aid
Tech Level 10
Size 50 liters
Weight 50kg
Cost kCr80

An Active exploratory canary is a Virus detection device. It consists of a high-speed computer system with an automated electronics diagnostic system. The system is designed to be hooked up to an existing computer system, either active or inactive, and scan for specific distinctive traces of Virus infections. This includes electrical use patterns, circuit trace designs, and similar traces. It also contains a separate internal monitoring system so that, if the canary itself gets invaded, the users are aware of it.

The active canary relies upon its internal database of known circuit and network designs to match against, and its database of known virus changes and signatures. While most of the Imperial and Solomani computer designs are known, the number of virus signatures is very large.

The computer system in the canary is an attractive Virus target, and the system is specifically designed to attract them. This generally makes the canary a one use item, as most triggered canaries are either discarded or destroyed to avoid further spread of the Virus.

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Binoculars

Binoculars
Type Sensory aid
Tech Level 3
Size 2.0 liters
Weight 1.0 kg
Cost Cr75
Binoculars are a set of glass or plastic lenses mounted in a frame to allow magnified binocular vision. This allows seeing more distance objects. Also available in as Trinox, Quadnox, Quintnox for sophonts with more than two eyes.

Limitations of the lens structures means only the Human visible light frequency ranges are magnified.

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Binoculars, electronic

Binoculars, electronic
Type Sensory aid
Tech Level 8
Size 2 liters
Weight 2 kg
Cost Cr750

Vision aid providing electronic enhancement of images. Electronic binoculars feature light enhancement and range-finding capabilities. Comes in an over the shoulder carrying case; a sling is also provided for separate carrying.

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Binoculars, image converter

Image converter
Type Sensory aid
Tech Level 10
Size 1 liter
Weight 1.25kg
Cost Cr1,500

The 'Image Converter is sensitive to both infrared and visible light, and thus picks up both heat images and visible-light pictures, combining the features of standard electronic binoculars with Image Intensification and IR sensitivity. They have a short range of 250 meters in either mode. The converter intensifies these images, allowing night-vision, and magnifies them up to 20 times. Automatic polarizers cut in if the image is bright enough to blind. A laser rangefinder is also included to measure the precise distances to selected objects.

Special hardware/software clips are available for hand computers that expand the capabilities of the image converter. When hooked up to a computer using a graphics clip, the image converter can be tied into a map box (allowing others to see what the user sees), and e1ectronic"photographs" can be stored in the computer memory. Another clip allows the computer to calculate the speed of a target relative to the user.

Physically, the image converter is similar to a set of binoculars. Power packs are mounted inside the converter casing and average one week of constant use.

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Bioscanner

Bioscanner
Type Sensory aid
Tech Level 15
Size 8 liters
Weight 3.5kg
Cost Cr350,000

The bioscanner sniffer scans for evidence of biological/metabolic activity in the area. It is a highly advanced combination sampler/analyzer. The TL-15 sniffer is a breakthrough in molecular analysis. The device provides both improved analysis speed and a cheaper price than sniffers of Tech Level 14 and less. Not only is the bioscanner useful for biological studies, but it also helps with regular chemical analysis. (A cheaper and smaller Tech Level 15 chemical analyzer is available, but it is not very useful for biological scanning)

The portable Tech Level 15 unit listed here incorporates both analyzer and collector into one. It has two modes and corresponding equipment: one mode for mass sampling of atmospheric content and the other for minute sampling.

The evidence of biological activity must be within short range of the scanner, for anything beyond short range is undetectable. The bioscanner helps a user to recognize or categorize evidence of familiar and unfamiliar organisms, which allows ecological classification, determination of potential hazards to other life forms, and estimation of potential uses (form of food, commercially valuable).

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Densitometer

Densitometer, handheld
Type Sensory aid
Tech Level 13
Size 15l
Weight 15kg
Cost Cr15,000
Densitometer, handheld
Type Sensory aid
Tech Level 15
Size 3l
Weight 2kg
Cost Cr25,000

An outgrowth of gravity control technology, the remote densitometer uses an object’s natural gravity to measure its density. The densitometer records scan data in a three-dimensional matrix. The matrix is processed by the densitometer’s computer to provide a 3-dimensional density map of the scanned object or region. Large massive objects (like starships) can be located out to planetary range, while smaller objects (vehicles, heavy metal deposits) can be located at very distant range or less.

The fields produced by grav thrusters disrupt the densitometer. Any expecting person can "spoof" the densitometer by planting multiple objects of the appropriate density, or hiding the target object within a larger mass.

The TL-13 densitometer is a backpack unit with a bulky detector array and handheld visual display control panel. The TL-15 model is mounted on a wide, heavy belt and has a smaller display panel connected by a short range radio link (or cable if necessary). Both consume approximately 100 watts of power

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Depth gauge

Depth gauge
Type Sensory aid
Tech Level 6
Size
Weight 0.1kg
Cost Cr25

A device for registering the pressure of water around a diver. Several models are available, which vary in accuracy and in special features The simplest types register pressure only (forcing the diver to be familiar with the pressure/depth relationship for the specific planet). Of similar quality and price are gauges manufactured for diving on a specific world, which calibrate depth in meters (or other local measurement) rather than by pressure. In addition to concerns over reliability, characters should be aware of the danger of diving with a depth gauge calibrated for a different planet.

At TL-8, a more elaborate model of depth gauge is a digital unit that records time as well as pressure and specifically processes information on decompression stops and duration.

Most sophisticated of all at TL-9 a device which can be programmed to show pressure, decompression data, and depth in meters for any world merely by making some simple entries before diving.

Depth gauges are worn on a wrist mounting and usually require occasional battery charges for power.

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Echo sounder

Echo sounder
Type Sensory aid
Tech Level 6
Size 2.5 liters
Weight 1kg
Cost Cr300
Echo sounder
Type Sensory aid
Tech Level 10
Size 0.4 liters
Weight 0.3kg
Cost Cr150

The echo sounder sends out a a pulse of high frequency sound and then reads returning echoes to give a range between the sounder and any obstruction. Low cost models are usually effective to no more than 80 meters, and at ranges of over 40 meters they have little accuracy. More sophisticated models (available at TL-7) are capable of showing a fairly detailed display of the area at which they are aimed, including animal life and other details.

Echo sounders are usually mounted aboard boats and submersibles, where they serve as depth finders. Portable models, however, can be mounted in waterproof camera housings and used by divers. They not only determine depth but also can be used to find horizontal ranges or to navigate in water obscured by silt.

All portable echo sounders have a battery good for 100 hours of use, or are normally hooked into a vehicle power supply.

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Goggles, infrared

Goggles, infrared
Type Sensory aid
Tech Level 6
Size 0.5 liters
Weight 0.25kg
Cost Cr500

Allow wearer to see exothermic (heat emitting) sources in the dark such as animals, fires, or hot engines. The quality of vision is necessarily distorted as heat sources and not reflected light images, are being viewed. IR goggles also provide protection from windblown particles.

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Googles, light intensifier

LI goggles
Type Sensory aid
Tech Level 7
Size 0.5 liters
Weight 0.25kg
Cost Cr500

Allow vision by intensifying ambient light and are usable in anything less than total darkness. LI goggles allow darkness penalties in night or combat situations to be reduced or ignored. LI goggles also provide protection from windblown particles.

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HSOPlens

HSOPlens
Type Sensory aid
Tech Level 9
Size
Weight 0.1g
Cost Cr 230

High Speed Optical Lenses, a kind of device allowing enhanced vision. Electromagnetically enhanced lenses that allow the human eye to track fast movements that optical nerves can't normally register. Normal speed movements, however, will seem as slow motion. Prolonged use (over 1 hour) will result in migraines & double vision.

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LADAR

LADAR
Type Sensory aid
Tech Level 8
Size 2 litres
Weight 750g
Cost Cr450
Available from various sources

An acronym for Laser Detection and Ranging, the LADAR is a device which is used to map three-dimensional spaces and produce a computerized, 3-D model. LADAR uses ultraviolet, visible, or near-infrared laser light to image objects and can be used with a wide range of targets, including non-metallic objects, rocks, rain, chemical compounds, aerosols, clouds and even single molecules. A narrow laser beam can be used to map physical features with very high resolution. LADAR is also used extensively for atmospheric research and meteorology. Downward-looking LADAR instruments fitted to grav vehicles, aircraft and satellites are used for surveying and mapping. LADARs can also be used to map buildings, caves, natural environments, ship interiors and many other spaces. The LADAR can be attached to a maxi-robot arm and introduced into a space. A LADAR array is usually connected to a hand computer and the results are processed and displayed there.

LADAR units feature power connections, a wireless computer hub and a mounting, for attachment to a tripod, robot arm or airborne vehicle mounting.

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Metal detector

Metal detector
Type Sensory aid
Tech Level 6
Size 2 liters
Weight 1kg
Cost Cr300

A simple low powered magnetic field generator and sensor. Indicates presence of most metals through soil or rock, although degree of reaction depends on amount of metal present. The detector will generally detect a liter or more volume of metal to a depth of approximately a meter, thought it can detect smaller objects at a correspondingly shallower depths.

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Motion tracker

Motion tracker
Type Sensory aid
Tech Level 9
Size 20 cm3
Weight 250g
Cost Cr240

An electronic device, which allows for the detection of moving objects. The device consists of a small foldout screen, a battery and housing and a set of sensors which measure changes in air density and background magnetic fields. The motion tracker will detect moving targets within the range. The motion tracker has two operating modes; active and passive. In active mode, the device emits electro-magnetic pings, which reflect from moving targets and give a reading as to their position, size, density, direction of travel, range, and speed. In passive mode, the device merely scans background magnetic fields and air density and reads moving targets' size, direction of travel, range, and speed from this data. The motion tracker can scan a 90° arc at any one time. A switch allows the arc to be flipped around, to scan another 90° arc.

These devices have a battery life of around six hours continuous use in passive mode, three hours use in active mode and an effective range of 100m on active mode, 50m on passive mode.

Some models of motion tracker also include a t-ray, millimetre-band radar, or LADAR unit, allowing the operator to view the moving targets mapped over an approximation of the surrounding terrain. Such models weigh around 500g and cost 750cr.

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Neural Activity Sensor

NAS, portable
Type Sensory aid
Tech Level 15
Size 21l
Weight 10kg
Cost Cr35,000

The Neural Activity Sensor (NAS) remotely detects the electrical activity of a lifeform's central nervous system, classifies it by complexity and activity, and compares it to recorded life forms, especially sophonts.

Developed from TL-12 psionic helmet theory, the neural activity sensor was first used medically to diagnose and treat brain disorders.

An area scan is performed first, to determine if any subjects are within range. The readings indicate number, range, and motion of beings exhibiting neural activity in the area. A pinpoint scan can classify the identified creatures according to their intelligence.

The NAS is a passive sensor. Its limited range reduces its use to probes and landing parties.

A portable unit has an effective maximum range of 500 meters. It consists of a backpack and a handset with a retractable parabolic dish focuser. The handset is not attached to the backpack, and it can be operated up to 100 m distant, which further extends the range.

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Passive exploratory canary

Passive Exploratory Canary
Type Sensory aid
Tech Level 10
Size 50 liters
Weight 50kg
Cost kCr50

A Passive exploratory canary is a Virus detection device, used for scanning existing computer systems to determine if they are infected. Like a Warning Canary, the passive canary consists of a high-speed computer with a number of faked attached controls specifically designed to attract Virus infections. It also includes a set of sensors designed to detect the changes caused by a virus infection. To use one requires attaching it to an active computer system and waiting to see when (or if) the Virus tries to invade it. While the canary is very reliable at detecting Virus invasions, the longer lived Virus strains have learned to be wary of Canaries and may not attempt to take them over.

The Canary is a one use system. Once the system has been invaded by a Virus, the canary is abandoned, destroyed, or taken apart and recycled.

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Portable radiation imaging system

PRIS
Type Sensory aid
Tech Level 12
Size 3 liters
Weight 2kg
Cost Cr3,500

The Scout Service's Portable radiation imaging system (or PRIS) is still anachronistically called "field glasses" by most Scouts, but the PRIS has many more capabilities than the old style binoculars.

The PRIS can be set to observe images in the spectral range from infrared to gamma rays. The front surface of the PRIS is transparent to all radiation; just behind it is a series of lenses tailored to various specific bands.

A tight beam laser range finder gives an accurate reading on the target within sight up to about 20km, depending upon conditions. The range is displayed as a digital readout in the viewfinder. The PRIS also has a built-in clock and limited memory, so that it can determine the velocity of the object being viewed by comparing its distance from the observer over time.

The unit can be calibrated to a standard self-precessing gyrocompass, in which case the bearing of the direction viewed will be digitally displayed in the corner of the viewfinder.

It also has a standard data port, allowing capture of the viewfinder as digital images on a standard hand-comp or other data storage system.

The magnification strength of the PRIS is adjustable up to 225x. A built-in flywheel for gyroscopic stabilization insures a steady field of view at all magnifications.

Besides its obvious used in the field, the PRIS also finds itself used in a variety of industrial and engineering applications. Its infrared images can be color coded to show the ambient temperatures of objects in the viewfinder. A PRIS can therefore be found near every jump drive, to be used by the engineers looking for "hot spots" on the drive housing. In other areas of the ship, the PRIS can detect problems in electrical circuits, again by finding an area of higher temperature.

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Portable weather station

Weather station, portable
Type Sensory aid
Tech Level 9
Size 250 liters
Weight 20kg
Cost Cr15,000

The portable weather station consists of a large sensor device which collects and displays current meteorological conditions such as barometric pressure, temperature, humidity, electron flux density, wind speed, etc., and collects them into a convenient, easy-to-read form. A dish antenna is integral to the station and can be used to relay data to a ship's computer for further analysis if required. In this way, a fairly detailed meteorological picture of the immediate area can be found.

The PWS is designed for use in all conditions of extreme heat and cold (operating range -75°C to +50°C). But in insidous atmospheres, the unit will fail within twelve hours. The device is supplied with extensive circuit protection for operations in radioactive and other ionizing conditions.

The PWS is powered by a solar array or by rechargeable internal batteries. Internal batteries have a life of about 2000 hours before recharging is necessary.

The PWS is designed so that it can be carred on the back or by two integrally molded handles. A typical unit is about 1m wide by 1m long by 25 cm deep and weighs about 20kg. It costs about Cr15,000, a spare dish antenna costs Cr300 each.

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Psionicist Detector

Psionicist Detector
Type Sensory aid
Tech Level 12
Size
Weight 4kg
Cost Cr750

The Psionicist Detector is a hand held device capable of detecting the unique signatures generated by psionics use. They are not directional, providing only a simple alarm that some kinds of powers are being used in close proximity. Because they are so simple, they are capable of being fooled with ease, either by some kinds of electronic equipment (an active Jump Drive is a particular source of interference). These devices are an early version of the Neural Activity Sensor.

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Radar, field surveillance

Field surveillance radar
Type Sensory aid
Tech Level 9
Size 16.5 liters
Weight 20kg
Cost Cr5,000

The field surveillance radar provides surveillance of open approach areas in conditions of limited visibility when personnel limits make regular sentry duty impractical. It has a short range of 300 meters (extreme range of 2400 meters) and comes with a tripod mount

The radar will detect moving objects with a gross volume of about 0.1 kiloliter or more. The radar must be connected to a vehicle power source or a generator to function.

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Radiation Counter

Radiation Counter
Type Sensory aid
Tech Level 5
Size 5l
Weight 1kg
Cost Cr250
Radiation counter
Type Sensory aid
Tech Level 8
Size
Weight 0.2kg
Cost Cr100
Radiation Counter, advanced
Type Sensory aid
Tech Level 10
Size 0.1l
Weight 0.1kg
Cost Cr100

A Radiation Counter indicates presence and intensity of radioactivity in the immediate vicinity.

Can be preset to give a warning signal if levels of radioactivity rise to dangerous levels. Readouts are given in specifics and in terms of danger to humans.

Battery life is around 200 hours for TL-8- models, and several weeks for higher TL models. TL-6 models are the size of a liter bottle, TL-8 models are palm sized and TL-10+ models are the size of a wristwatch or less

The advanced version is a wrist mounted version designed to be attached to Vacc Suits or worn on the person. They have a digital readout and can be connected to computers for data analysis of radiation exposure.

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Scale, balance

Balance scale, small
Type Sensory aid
Tech Level 1
Size 5l
Weight 8kg
Cost Cr500
Balance scale, large
Type Sensory aid
Tech Level 3
Size 1kl
Weight 450kg
Cost Cr2,000

The balance scale consists of a beam with a fulcrum at its center. For highest accuracy, the fulcrum would consist of a sharp V-shaped pivot seated in a shallower V-shaped bearing. To determine the mass of the object, a combination of reference masses was hung on one end of the beam while the object of unknown mass was hung on the other end. For high precision work, the center beam balance is still one of the most accurate technologies available, and is commonly used for calibrating test weights.

The small scale comes with a set of reference weights for measuring weights up to 10kg. The beam comes with a slider making the weight readings accurate to 1/2 gram

The large scale is for weighing more massive objects, and is capable of handling weights up to 1,000kg. The large scale does not come with reference weights. The scale pointer is generally accurate to 1/2kg.

Note: The balance scale measures weight, not mass. Calculating the mass of the object(s) being weighed requires knowledge of the local gravity field strength.

 

Scale, grav

Grav scale
Type Sensory aid
Tech Level 13
Size 20l
Weight 25kg
Cost Cr12,000

A grav scale is an extension of gravity control technology, and the densitometer. Essentially a short range densitometer capable of doing accurate mass measurements in 3 dimensions to a range of 4 meters. The device itself consists of a large (2m x 4m) rigid mat with a computerized control panel. Objects to be weighed must fit over the scale, though the computer system is capable of handling larger objects rolling over the mat at a slow, constant velocity. The system is calibrated to correctly scan grav vehicles.

 

Scale, spring

spring scale
Type Sensory aid
Tech Level 2
Size 0.5l
Weight 0.5kg
Cost Cr200
Max Weight 10kg.

A spring scale measured weight by either stretching or compressing a spring. Usually one end of the spring is attached to a pointer on a scale or drives a mechanical dial. They are easy to produce, though not as accurate balance scales.

 

Scale, strain gauge

Strain Gauge scale
Type Sensory aid
Tech Level 5
Size 0.5l
Weight 1kg
Cost Cr150
Max Weight 200kg
Strain gauge, portable
Type Sensory aid
Tech Level 6
Size 0.2l
Weight 0.2kg
Cost Cr200

An electronic version of a scale, using a strain gauge to determine weight. Strain gauges use a property of conductors that changing their length alters their resistance. Putting a conductor along a beam under stress will change resistance in proportion to the weight placed on it. The results from several locations can be added, making a scale capable of measuring very heavy objects. The strain gauge can be very accurate, relying upon the accuracy of currency measurements, though it is sensitive to temperature variations.

The portable strain gauge consists of a small box and 1/2 meter conductor loop in a sticky tape. This isn't calibrated for weight, but rather to measure changes in deflection. It's primary use is to measure strain on bridges or other structures while under stress and in use. The strain gauge is battery powered, capable of gathering data for one month. The user can collect the data gathered through a standard computer connection interface.

 

Scanlens

Scanlens
Type Sensory aid
Tech Level 9
Size
Weight 0.5g
Cost Cr1,000

Special extended wear contact lens that give the benefit of a 5x to 10x binoculars without bulk of binoculars. Called squinters because of the users need to squint to adjust and focus through the lenses. New users take two to three weeks to adjust to lenses.

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Self-precessing gyrocompass

Self-Precessing Gyrocompass
Type Sensory aid
Tech Level 9
Size 8 liters
Weight 3 kg
Cost Cr1,100
Gyrocompass, hand-held
Type Sensory aid
Tech Level 12
Size 1 liter
Weight 0.5kg
Cost Cr2,000

A necessary improvement in navigational equipment for other worlds is the self-precessing gyrocompass, used both on survey vehicles and in hand-held models. The gyrocompass does not need a magnetic field to operate, and sets itself automatically. When a landing party stops on the surface of the world, the air/raft gyrocompass senses the world's rotational motion and sets itself. This process takes about half an hour, during which time the party should not move the air/raft. All personal gyrocompasses are precessed along with the main one.

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Sensors

Sensors detect the presence of target objects either by detecting energy emitted by the target or by reflecting energy off them and detecting the reflection. The first type of sensor is known as a passive sensor, since it does not emit energy of its own. The second type is known as an active sensor, since it projects energy and bounces it off the target object.

Passive Sensors[edit]

Passive EMS uses large antenna arrays to detect any radiation in the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) from the target object, such as heat or radio waves, or naturally reflected light waves. It is an extremely sophisticated and precise passive sensor.

High-Resolution Thermal (HRT) are sophisticated visual sensors, sensitive to infrared radiation.

Densitometers are passive survey instruments which allow determination of celestial object mass and mapping of mineral deposits and gravitic anomalies.

Neutrino sensors are passive sensors used when surveying a star system . They enable a ship to measure the intensity of fusion taking place within a star as well as determine if any of the gas giants are failed stars.

Neural Activity Sensors (NAS) are extremely short-range passive sensors which detect and classify life forms according to their level of brain activity.

Active Sensors[edit]

Radar is an active sensor which bounces radio waves off target objects and then detects the returning echoes. Distance is determined by the time it takes for the echo to return. Doppler radar is used to determine if an object is moving.

Ladar is a tight beam active sensor that bounces laser light off the target object and detects the reflection. As the laser can scan a very small area, it is used exclusively to lock onto a target after some other search sensor has located it.

Active EMS is an active sensor incorporating a variety of active emitters and passive detectors covering most of the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS), making it a much more sophisticated version of radar.

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Stress Detector

Stress Detector
Type Sensory aid
Tech Level 14
Size 2 liters
Weight 6 kg
Cost Cr1,500

The linear descendant of the polygraph, the stress detector uses readings of a suspect’s physical responses, voice stress, and similar phenomena to establish the individual’s degree of truthfulness under questioning. It is not, however, necessarily accurate in its readings, and the interpretation of readings is a complex matter.

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Toxpad

Toxpad
Type Sensory aid
Tech Level 10
Size 31cc
Weight 50g
Cost Cr250
Toxpad is a simple environmental monitor. It a pad 10cm in diameter, 4mm thick, divided into 6 slices. Each slice contains a chemical monitor for a specific dangerous atmospheric condition: low or high oxygen, excessive CO2, atmosphere pressure, and two common fire byproducts. The back of the pad has a mild adhesive, to let users post it where they can see and monitor it. The pad is normally a clear white, turning red/black when the monitor is tripped.

The toxpad is single use, and lasts about a month if no bad conditions are detected.

 

Warning Canary

Warning Canary
Type Sensory aid
Tech Level 10
Size 300 liters
Weight 120kg
Cost kCr500

A Warning Canary is a Virus detection device. It consists of a high-speed computer specifically designed to look like a large, powerful computer network system. It includes a special set of sensors designed to detect the specific alterations the Virus makes to computers when it takes over a new system.

While the Canary is a is a sophisticated device, it relies upon the nature of the Virus (both curiosity and desire to take over computers) to detect them. If the Virus refuses to fall for the trap set by the Canary, it remains undetected.

These systems are one use only. Once taken over by a virus, they are either abandoned, disassembled for parts, or simply destroyed to kill the viral infection.

Many Reformation Coalition starships install several warning canaries on the network connections between the computer subsystems in order to stop or limit the damage of a Virus invasion.

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