Every Freeborn house has its own variations on the level and amount of technology it uses. Given it is a largely space-borne house, it is unsurprising that the Delhren uses a fair degree of advanced technology up to and including rephenotyping for recreational purposes. The specific technologies that mark out the Delhren are as follows.
The cosmetic alteraion of surface features through genetic manipulation is common throughout the home fleet. The precise variations change through time from simple alterations of skin pigment or levels of hair through to more complex variations such as tails or into the current trend of feathers, particularly head plumage in place of head-hair. The trends shift over time, varying perhaps every ten years or so, but it is not uncommon to see people with variations from decades ago or even trying to create a new trend.
This relatively simple and invisible technology upgrade is extremely common and consists of an embedded jaw microphone and a pair of micro-speakers embedded behind the bearer’s ears (or into the rear of the jawbone). Powered by the bodies own actions and electrical field these have a limited range using the local nanosphere for nearby communications and a range of up to a couple of kilometres using more primitive means. However, this range can be easily boosted up to orbital ranges by a simple boy pack or, most frequently, by transceivers built into equipment or ships. The microspeakers allow the suppresison of external sound through counter- or subtractive-noise emission and the jawbone microphone allows for subvocalised speech. Together, these abilities allow the user to have a private conversation even though they may be in the middle of a crowded, public area.
The implants also allow requests to be sent to the local nanosphere for handling, from as simple a request as ‘Give me directions to the Recreation Deck’ to ‘Can you tell me the current position of my uncle’s trader?’
Embedded Shard Interfaces
These largely job-specific, sophisticated interfaces are standard implants for anyone in the higher ranks of the Delhren military and ship heirarchy, in senior administrative posts or those in senior positions. Also invisible, they make use of the Communication Implants (above) or the Enhanced Lens Implants (below). The interfaces provide a continual connection with the local nanosphere without use of any external technology. This means the bearer can not only request information through the Communication Implant but offload a lot of data sifting and management to the Shard Interface. Most are linked to a user’s muscle centres in the brain so all a user has to do is imagine speaking and perhaps move their throat and jaw muscles in order to silently communicate with the Shard Interface or with others over the Communication Implant. In effect, rather than talk to an external computer interface, the bearer talks to their own ESI.
The ESI is not a telepathic-like replacement. The human brain is far too complex and awareness is far too dispersed throughout the brain even for seventh age technology (note the varying effects of the soma grafts). Whilst it has nanowires faking synapses and neurons, these need to be constantly recalibrated by the ESI itself. One of the useful facets of teh ESI is that it can interpret a great deal from the bearers use of idiom or even physical actions as it can ‘see’ through the bearer’s Enhanced Lens imaging.
Enhanced Lens Implants
These are fairly common throughout the home fleet population as well as those in the military or senior positions (such as Batu Delhren). Whilst they functionas normal replacement lens implants, they can be function-specific so a vardinarii might have the visual range extended into the near-infrared and near-ultraviolet. All the enhanced lenses can provided functional monitoring displays of any equipment being managed or controlled (targeting for weapons, for example) and all can provide Enhanced or Virtual Reality overlays (ER/VR). With the ESI’s, the lens can also be used to display complex graphical representations of situations or current work without the need for any external display devices.
The Lens’ act as a replacement for the HUD eyepiece employed by many Freeborn troops. Interestingly, those in shipboard control positions may have the ELIs but will continue to use the displays provided by the ship for their monitoring position. This is not only due to the amount of data presented but also as it ensures that others can see exactly what they are doing – a critical oversight when managing maneouvres in the Antarean photosphere or in tight spaces in the smaller spaceports.