1. tristan.n
    Offline

    tristan.n Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2010
    Messages:
    286
    Likes Received:
    26
    Location:
    Overland Park, KS

    Help Me Create a Fictional Gadget!

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by tristan.n, Jan 11, 2011.

    Okay, my characters have traveled from a forest that had minimal technology to a crime-stricken city where the technology is advanced, but not over-the-top chrome and touch pads everywhere and such. The characters are staying at an inn and they need to use a phone type of device to get in touch with someone they're trying to find. I don't want them to use a telephone, because it's more of a fantasy story, and I think adding a phone would kind of take away from the idea of a fictional world. I also don't want them to use telepathy or anything because they're not that cool. lol

    One of the characters is a girl who loves gadgets and little pieces of portable technology, but I can't think of a communication gadget that isn't a walkie talkie or a wristwatch that she can talk into. So I need help thinking of something neat but not over-the-top that is either portable or that the characters find in their room at the inn. Any suggestions?
     
  2. Elgaisma
    Offline

    Elgaisma Contributing Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2010
    Messages:
    5,337
    Likes Received:
    92
    do you watch Torchwood they use hands free kit ear pieces ?
     
  3. Islander
    Offline

    Islander Contributing Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2008
    Messages:
    1,542
    Likes Received:
    59
    Location:
    Sweden
    A drum, which when hit, causes a corresponding drum in another part of the world to resonate with the same frequencies.

    A large shell, which when talked into, causes the sound to transfer to another shell.

    A book, which when written in, causes the text to appear in another book.

    A really, really fast creature which carries messages between people, like a homing pigeon, but smarter.

    A divining rod which causes synchronous events to happen to the person you concentrate on. For example, if you hold the rod and concentrate on the other person, things that remind them of you will start to pop up around them. Then, when they know someone is trying to contact them, they throw leaves on the ground or something similar, and through the patterns they form, the message is relayed.
     
  4. Belgoran
    Offline

    Belgoran New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2011
    Messages:
    7
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Ontario, Canada
    A pair of gloves, used for sign language.

    When a person answers wearing a corresponding set, it causes your own hands make the necessary signs, vice versa.
     
  5. Allegro Van Kiddo
    Offline

    Allegro Van Kiddo Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2010
    Messages:
    566
    Likes Received:
    20
    All great ideas!

    If you want to have some fun, call it something like Sir Melvin's Communicatalator. You have a brand name with an old time science name.
     
  6. tristan.n
    Offline

    tristan.n Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2010
    Messages:
    286
    Likes Received:
    26
    Location:
    Overland Park, KS
    Thanks for the ideas! :) I'll test a few out and see which one fits in best (or maybe that'll even jump start my creative juices, too)!
     
  7. sprirj
    Offline

    sprirj Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2009
    Messages:
    523
    Likes Received:
    158
    I think I would have a cup attached to a piece of string....

    like a kids home made phone.

    The characters could wonder how long the piece of string is as it travels off into the distance.


    Yeah, that ones for free. I'll charge next time.
     
  8. tristan.n
    Offline

    tristan.n Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2010
    Messages:
    286
    Likes Received:
    26
    Location:
    Overland Park, KS
    Where's the "like" button on this thing?
     
  9. FrankABlissett
    Offline

    FrankABlissett Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2008
    Messages:
    422
    Likes Received:
    22
    Location:
    Sault, Michigan
    In addition to personal communications devices, here are some ideas for you.

    There was a real world, light-speed communications tool that may be of use to you. The catch it that, though fast in transmission, it has a very low bit-rate and was a bit slow at the nodes.

    There were series of towers, where operators would read the signal coming from one tower, and reproduce it through shutters/arms or flashing lights to the next tower. You will want to look up "semaphore line" or "optical telegraph".

    For short distance communication, look to radio tech. Keeping it pre-vacuum tube would let you control the tech if you want. If they have radios, then they could easily have wire recorders. Record something onto the wire, speed it up and broadcast it for high-bit rate transmission. On the other end, it's recorded again, slowed down, and either listened to (for voice) or decoded (for data).

    -Frank
     
  10. digitig
    Offline

    digitig Contributing Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2010
    Messages:
    2,502
    Likes Received:
    79
    Location:
    Orpington, Bromley, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
    Or "The clacks" if you are a Discworld fan.

    Really you need to decide what sort of technology the place has. Is it steampunk? Is it realistic? Is it futuristic? Is it fantasy?
     
  11. 8-cell
    Offline

    8-cell New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2011
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    1
    I think you can easily be creative with this one. Entire discussions could be recorded. Maybe someone steals a book and uses it to his or her advantage.

    Very interesting idea.
     
  12. Ellipse
    Offline

    Ellipse Contributing Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2010
    Messages:
    714
    Likes Received:
    32
    These remind me of the D&D games I would play with friends in college. :)

    My character made two bags that were linked. One person could put something in the bag. The other person could be on the other side of the world and pull the item out of his bag.
     
  13. bubblegirl101
    Offline

    bubblegirl101 Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2011
    Messages:
    104
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    st.catharines
    how about some animals relay messages or you could have the character send up a flag or something to signify that they need help? just some ideas i thought offhand. good luck with your fantasy story.:)
     

Share This Page