Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology is the precise manipulation of matter at the atomic level, typically using millions of microscale nanomachines. Nanotechnology transformed manufacturing, enabling new techniques and materials. The advent of nanofabrication—building objects from the molecular level up—transformed economies, allowing people to simply manufacture whatever they needed from raw materials. Nanotechnology is still a growing field, however, and has its limitations. While the TITANs unleashed self-replicating nanoswarms with the ability to transform or destroy anything through the power of geometric growth, such technology remains far beyond transhumanity’s grasp.

Low Cleaner Swarm

This nanoswarm cleans, polishes, and removes dirt and stains. It may be used on an area, specific objects, or people. Some facilities employ permanent cleaner swarms to keep their area spotless. Cleaners may also be programmed to remove specific toxins, chemicals, or other hazardous substances in order to decontaminate an area.

Expensive Desktop Cornucopia Machine

Cornucopia machines (CMs) are general-purpose nanofabricators. The smallest CMs are desk-sized cubes approximately half a meter on a side with a volume of at least 40 liters. They can produce any small object, from tools to well-folded suits of clothing to handguns or a bowl of cereal.

High Disassembler Swarm

Also known as smart corrosives, these nanobots break down any matter. Their advantage over common acids is that not only are they able to break down any material by using energy to disrupt chemical bonds, but that they can be programmed to take apart certain components while ignoring others, leaving them intact.

Expensive Ego Bridge

Ego bridges are vat devices used for uploading and downloading minds. See Backups and Uploading, and Resleeving.

Moderate Engineer Swarm

Engineer microswarms are used for various construction purposes: erecting walls, digging tunnels, sealing holes, reinforcing foundations, and so on.

Moderate Fabber

Fabbers are specialized nanofabricators, portable and considerably smaller than CMs. There are a wide variety of portable fabbers, including ones that can make any hand tool or small piece of personal electronics, ones that can turn any organic material into food and drink, and ones that can create any drug or medicine as well as bandages and specialized dressings.

Moderate Fixer Swarm

This is the nanoswarm version of repair spray.

Moderate Gardener Swarm

This microswarm is useful for a number of agricultural purposes: killing weeds, planting seeds, trimming plants, pollinating, and even harvesting small items. It may also be programmed to simply defoliate an area.

Expensive General Hive

General hives are capable of producing any conceivable type of nanobot with the right blueprints and/or programming. Even at their smallest size they are not really portable, with a minimum size being cubes 30 centimeters on a side and a volume of 25 liters.

Moderate Guardian Nanoswarm

Guardians watch for and attack other unauthorized swarms. Guardians inflict 1d10 / 2 damage (round up) on other swarms they come into contact with per Action Turn.

High Healing Vat

Healing vats were the first type of nanotech medicine developed and remain the most powerful medical devices in common use. With the exception of a few exceptionally deadly nanoplagues, a healing vat can cure any disease and heal any injury. As long as the patient is alive when they are place in the healing vat, they will not only survive, but emerge without a scratch.

Moderate Injector Swarm

Injector microswarms are equipped with tiny needles and a drug payload. A biological target affected by an injector swarm suffers 1 point of damage and the effects of the carried drug, chemical, or toxin.

Low Maker

Makers are specially-designed to produce food and drink for the user. Raw materials can be provided by the addition of any water-containing liquid and collected biomass like leftover food, grass, dirt, dead animals, or transhuman waste. Some models are built into standard vacsuits.

Low Mote Swarm

Micro-sized computers that come in packages of 500 (or more). They are spread around an area, creating an ad hoc mesh network.

Low Nanodetectors

Nanodetectors are small devices that suck in air and micro debris in order to scan for and detect nanobots. Given that nanobots are so small, the density of nanobots in the area has a large impact on its success.

Low Nanomask

This makeup nanobot application decorates the character's face in changing artistic and aesthetic styles that also happen to deter the capabilities of facial recognition software. It provides a -30 modifier to attempts to identify the subject using facial recognition. Some habitats ban this accessory.

Expensive Nanotat Eraser

This illegal nanoswarm is designed to eradicate all signs of nanotatIDs. It takes 5 minutes and itches like crazy.

High Protean Swarm

This nanoswarm is designed to disassemble other materials and objects and to create a single specific, pre-programmed device from the components (much like a specialized nanofabricator). The proteans must be able to scavenge appropriate raw materials (for example, to create a metallic device the nanobots must transform something else made of metal).

High Saboteur Swarm

Sab nanobots are designed to in ltrate electronics or machinery and sabotage them in small but dif cult to discern ways: severing connections, disabling components, gumming up moving parts, etc. Saboteurs inflict damage on devices similar to disassemblers, but the target is not destroyed and such damage is not immediately obvious.

High Scout Swarm

A scout nanoswarm will systematically map and explore an area, collecting samples of all materials and substances it encounters. The samples are carried back to the hive or canister and chemically analyzed. Scouts can also be used for forensic purposes, collecting DNA samples, analyzing chemical residues, and examining other evidence.