A catchall term for any personalized access terminal to the com-net. “To be without a device is to be as good as naked,” goes one marketing slogan, and modern society’s attitude certainly reinforces this. Devices are as much as mark of identity as clothing by 200 A.T.
The most popular and often most functional type of device is the wrist-mounted flatscreen variety, exemplified by recent models such as the Icarus S2. Though the optic drives and processors of modern devices are tiny, they are still carried around in such relatively large devices due to the screens. Screens don’t need to be used often due to the prevalence of holo-tech, but during EVAs or certain emergency conditions holos can fail, and even the gaudiest of those in high society have come to accept a little extra clunk in their devices for the sake of practicality. This is reinforced by the fact that the flexiglass screens such as those on the Icarus allow for higher quality holo projectors to be installed. The typical wrist-mounted device is 150 millimeters long, 75 millimeters wide, and rarely more than 6 to 7 millimeters thick. Most modern clothing is prefabricated to accommodate wrist devices.
The next most popular options are belt-mounted and ear-mounted devices. The former function much like their wrist counterparts, but tend to be heavier and better protected. The belt option is more popular with miners due to this. However, the ear-mounted option is waning in popularity. Though this variety is lightweight and easy to carry, in order to make use of holos, their users must also have an accompanying visor. This combination is oft-regarded as being too complicated and gaudy, compared to the effortless simplicity of modern holo-keyboards.
There is a variation of device still in some use but generally disregarded due to their size; the ones that used to be called tablets. Tablets were redesignated in popular culture as TABBs after that acronym was copyrighted in 128 A.T., but the filer died not long after this, and she left behind no files revealing what TABB stood for. Nonetheless the term caught on, most likely because it was one less syllable one had to use in conversation about this particular bit of tech.