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Old October 16 2013, 11:15 PM   #12
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Re: Are communicators and tricorders anachronistic now?

Upgrading the communicator from a handheld device to a small pin on the chest was actually a logical upgrade storywise. Scenario: You're captured by an alien race during a first contact mission. They confiscate the phaser because it looks like a weapon. They confiscate the tricorder because it's obviously some sort of electrical device. They don't recognize the communicator pin as anything but a decoration.

Consolidate all those into a single functional item. The aliens confiscate it and you've got nothing.
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