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Neural lace (nanowire mesh)

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Nanowire Mesh (0R) {4R/4L}: This neural lace is a network of nanowires that are installed arthroscopically over the surface of the brain. This provides extreme surface sensitivity and permits interpolated imaging into deep structures, but it is a low-resolution brain-computer interface (BCI). It can read obvious thoughts, sensations, and emotions but produces vague AR and VR objects at best. Emotions and other qualia feel like they are being imposed, not coming from within. This limited resolution is addressed by pairing it with an implanted AR interface (added separately). Note: Limitation costs must be paid even though the refresh costs do not accrue to the character refresh calculations.

  • Cost {1L}: This is a relatively simple procedure that causes 1FS to pay for. If this stress is taken as a consequence use '''Debt''': Unless a [[HF]] is active, paying off this debt must include in game narrative action.
  • Enhanced Ability {2R/1L}: +1 to any one IRL action. The strain this imposes on the brain results in 1 stress, taken as MS or PS with each use.
  • Hacker Bonus {2R}: +1 when [approachily] Hacking (attack, defend, overcome, or aspect). Cumulative with AR interface bonuses.
  • Magnetic Disruption {2L}: Vulnerable to strong (1T+) magnetic fields disrupt or damage the lace causing +2MS or +2PS (treated as attacks). Consequences taken from this damage are "'''Concussed''': With each invocation of this consequence choose from one of the following effects: loss of concentration, disorientation, dizziness, nausea, confusion, sleepiness, or loss of coordination."
  • EM Shielding: Baseline interfaces are shielded against ambient EM interference. Damage Resistance vs EM assaults is purchased normally.
  • Lace Firewall: Nobody gets through my firewalls.
  • Lace Intrusion Detection: I tend to notice attempts at unauthorized access to my lace.
  • Lace Hardened: All lace systems are hardened against attack.;

Installation

This procedure poses minimal risk of brain damage. The surgery usually takes less than an hour. Integration training can begin immediately.

Specifications

The bonded AI provides the secure interface from the lace to the person's phone, which runs their lace AI assistant. It is usually housed in an external fashionable mount such as a torc or a cap. It operates on battery power for 24h before needing to inductively recharge. It can exert powerful influences on the brain, altering cognitive capacities through intracranial magnetic stimulation and some trickle current. A relatively powerful AI is required to interpolate the readings in a useful manner, and provide standard APIs to allow interfaces to external systems.

A nanowire mesh is installed outside the skull to provide a faraday cage, isolating the brain from external electromagnetic noise.

Resolution Surface Interior
Sensor 1:2 contact electrical 1:10,000 electric field
Stimulator 1:1 contact electrical 1:50,000 magnetic field

Aspects and Abilities

Copy the following to the Augments section of you character sheet. The total cost of the system varies based on the implanted AR interface chosen.

'''[[Neural lace (nanowire mesh)|Nanowire Mesh]]''' (0R) ''{4R/4L}'': This [[neural lace]] is a network of nanowires that are installed arthroscopically over the surface of the brain. This provides extreme surface sensitivity and permits interpolated imaging into deep structures, but it is a low-resolution brain-computer interface (BCI). It can read obvious thoughts, sensations, and emotions but produces vague AR and VR objects at best. Emotions and other qualia feel like they are being imposed, not coming from within. This limited resolution is addressed by pairing it with an [[implanted AR interface]] (added separately). Note: Limitation costs must be paid even though the refresh costs do not accrue to the character refresh calculations.

  • :*'''Cost''' ''{1L}'': This is a relatively simple procedure that causes 1FS to pay for. If this stress is taken as a consequence use '''Debt''': Unless a [[HF]] is active, paying off this debt must include in game narrative action.
  • :*+1 to any one IRL action. The strain this imposes on the brain results in 1 stress, taken as MS or PS with each use. ''{2R/1L}''
  • :*'''Hacker Bonus''' ''{2R}'': +1 when [approachily] [[Hacking]] (attack, defend, overcome, or aspect). Cumulative with AR interface bonuses.
  • :*'''Magnetic Disruption''' ''{2L}'': Vulnerable to strong (1T+) magnetic fields disrupt or damage the lace causing +2MS or +2PS (treated as attacks). Consequences taken from this damage are "'''Concussed''': With each invocation of this consequence choose from one of the following effects: loss of concentration, disorientation, dizziness, nausea, confusion, sleepiness, or loss of coordination."
  • :*'''EM Shielding''': Baseline interfaces are shielded against ambient EM interference. [[Damage Resistance]] vs EM assaults is purchased normally.
  • :*'''Lace Firewall''': Nobody gets through my firewalls.
  • :*'''Lace Intrusion Detection:''' I tend to notice attempts at unauthorized access to my lace.
  • :*'''Lace Hardened''': All lace systems are hardened against attack.;