Technology continues to improve, and when you have allies all fighting the good fight, a bunch of level heads and good communication can be the difference between victory and defeat. With this in mind, the Academy has devoted a sizeable portion of their funds to equipping each Academy student who goes into the field with a small, simple looking communicator.
Available to be custom-fashioned into numerous subtle designs including wristwatches and jewelry, the most common Academy Communications Unit [ACU] resembles a small earbud with a short wire extending from it. The earbuds transmit the speech of the wearer as well as the the sounds surrounding the wearer directly to the inner ear. When placed properly inside the ear, the wire protrudes ever so slightly, allowing it to pick up on small vibrations from the users jaw. Those signals are sent and re-coded through software to convey clear speaking tones even if the wearer is barely moving, making it almost perfect for missions where normal communication may not be possible. Although in the past there have been a few cases of suspicious activity due to users 'talking to themselves', with the recent surge in modern cell phones and tech this complaint has become less and less common.
- Captures the speech and sound of the surroundings of the wearer
- Transmits and receives signals to/from other wearers
- Campus base can control which earbuds transmit and receive
- Signals can be listened to simultaneously or individually
- Wearer can turn the earbud transmitter on and off
- Earbud can work outside the wearer's earcanal, but must be in close proximity to the ear.
- Has an estimated short range of nearly one mile; for more spread out missions, capable students have used wi-fi networks to piggy back signals
- Can work in conjunction with wiretaps and planted bugs without interference
- Works on the same frequency as most law enforcement listening technology
- Often requires the wearer to "talk to themselves", drawing undue attention.
- Surges in sound, or electricity causes an annoyingly noticeable feedback in the user's ear.