The Star Army communicator is a handheld communications and utility tool designed for soldiers of the Star Army of Yamatai. It contains a small quantum computer, various sensors, and provides, easy, secure, and reliable wireless networking with Nekovalkyrja, starships, shuttles, power armors, headsets, pistols, and scanners and is compatible with PANTHEON.
The default form factor is that about the size of a real-life smart phone with an integral belt clip on the back; it is held on by Molecure and is detachable. The front side is etched with the Star Army of Yamatai logo. Its case is available in glossy black, white, starship hull color, gunmetal gray (matching the Type 33 NSP), and even in 18k gold (for ceremonial uniforms). Overall, it is smooth and basically featureless in appearance. There is an indicator light. The communicator is very rugged and durable, designed to function in mud, ice, scorching heat, underwater, and in space. It is not easily damaged, even when dropped from up to 4 meters in 1G.
Introduced in YE 36, these communicators feature several innovations:
The communicator comes with the following software when issued:
In YE 41, the Star Army conducted its 5-year evaluation of the usage of the communicator and decided to start looking into making a newer model of this item, which would replace it. Currently a new model is not yet available.