The Hand Computer or handcomp is a small, powerful multi-function computer that can be used to store and recall basic factual data, perform complex calculations, and control other electronic devices. Hand computers can be optimized for certain fields of knowledge by the use of data crystalss which can be easily inserted and removed (Cr200 each).
The hand computer also serves as a computer terminal when linked to a larger computer (...such as onboard a ship).
Most handcomps run on batteries, which allow use for a year or more, can charge from any power source with the proper adapter, or may incorporate small solar cells to provide all the power they need.
Data Crystals with specific applications allow characters to use the hand computer to calculate jump parameters, ballistic performance, chemical formulae, etc. The hand computer can be linked to various sensors and allows them to be monitored or controlled from a distance.
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