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Mike Substelny

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For this year's Artemis Armada we are going to have more 3D printed weirdness like the Kralien artifact used in one of the Role Play missions last year. I want to do stuff that is cool and science fiction-y.

Can you think of good examples from films or games of tools that were not intended for human hands? For instance, the Slaver Weapon from ST:TAS was designed for a six-fingered hand.

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What are some other designs of tools to be held in claws, tentacles, or even stranger alien hands? What characteristics distinguished these from human tools?


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how about some kind of scanner, that is made for a tentacle.

start with a funnel shape.  The tentacle inserts into the funnel's wide end (a conical shape accomodating a elongated conical appendage).

from the other end, have tubules that curve backward to touch varying spots along the rest of the tentacle.  These would presumably provide touch/sensory feedback to the alien's nerves along its tentacle that it can differentiate (oh, I feel wiggly just above my 3rd sucker).

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imagine a "gun" that is shot sideways (well, the grips is held sideways).  And it is built for a creature with 6 fingers, 2 of which are thumbs on either side of the hand.

Thus, it has the thumb groove on both ends of the grip.

From the ends of the grip, would be extensions that lead out to the business end (perhaps they converge, perhaps not).




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How about a somewhat bulky device that lacks any handle, and instead features some kind of deep, keyed socket.

The idea is that the alien already has cybernetic implants that feature the mountpoint for this standard kind of socket.  Thus, a human, finding it, sees no obvious way to hold and shoot it, let alone activate it (since that is transmitted via the socket).

the device should not be so bulky to wear (if you had the mountpoint on your shoulder, wrist or head).  But it should be non-obvious to a human who hasn't seen it mounted, on how you would hold it/use it.  It might be obvious where the business end is, so to speak...


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Another alien hand mechanism

a set of 7 rings (not 5 like a human hand), on armatures to a central device.

the length of the armatures have the outer ones being shorter, than the 2 inner ones.  Thus forming an arc.

The armatures are firm, but free to be moved apart/closer together as that is what sends varying command signals to the device (based on separation of the rings from their adjacent ring).

This device was intended for a  creature with tentacles (perhaps face tentacles).

The shape of the arc is not compatible/comfortable to a human hand (imagine a set of brass knuckles with the business end sawed off, now hold it backwards).


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These are good ideas, Janx. Thank you for suggesting them.

I especially love the hand grip for two thumbs, one on either side of the hand. Great idea!

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