The Cepha-Droid was a proposed electronics warfare droid similar to the weaponoid. The Cepha-Droid would fly itself into a combat zone where it would literally replace the existing head of a mecha already on the scene. Contrary to popular thought, the mecha pilot doesn't actually sit in the head of the machine, it is already a cramped location, limited in armor capacity, and a natural target. Instead, most head units are used for housing sensors and electronics systems. Removing the head does damage a machine, but unlike humans with their central nervous systems, the machine can have sensors all over the body, not limited to the cranium. Removing the head just takes out the primary units. The Cepha-Droid would 'laser' the head off and using adaptive fittings, take it's place. Then it would deploy advanced targeting and information systems, superior communications, and specialized task equipment.
The few test models made handled poorly, were demonstrated to be be easily intercepted by enemy fire, and were very poorly received by mecha pilots. The general sentiment towards the program was demonstrated when in a live fire test, a test pilot shot down his own cepha-droid rather than letting it decapitate his mech.Go to Comment
The Reactor Droid never made it off of the drawing board, as the notion of having an additional power supply that was self mobile was considered laughable. The core idea was to have a power amplifier that could provide additional support for mecha using energy weapons. Rather than strain their own reactors and capacitors, the reactor droid would serve as a high power discharge unit, allowing for higher and more sustained fire from the mecha. Considering how poorly the cepha-droid performed, having a flying backpack reactor was considered stupid.
The solution was eventually realized in improving the power amplifiers already on energy weapon using mechs as well as better discharge and capacitor systems. Older units could be retrofitted with more robust internal reactors, and units operating in fixed and limited mobility locations could access local power supplies through industrial power umbilicals.Go to Comment
They were all on drugs, I mean that's the only thing that can make sense. Dealing with mecha is already a pain in the ass. They are big and stompy, and they shake everything, and linkages, there are linkages everywhere. These guys come along like this is some sort of game and that you can send out a barely armed, half blind, underpowered war machine and then like a swarm of singing magical birds, all the giant robot parts it needs are going to come effing literally running to it?
That's begging for disaster. Pardon me while I strike the droids assemble pose. Don't shoot at me while this flying head tries to cut off my head and this weird ass backpack centipede tries to crawl up my shiny metal robot's ass because way cool it's 'MER POWR' for the pew pew pew. Oh hang on, my gun seems to have gotten lost, seems it came running through the bad part of the ruins and there is a gang of armor troopers mugging it. It might be a bit late, and probably missing all of it's ammo.
We ask for a better ejection system, better LAI interface, better armor, and what do the boffins try to sell us? Mecha handguns shaped like people.Go to Comment
I would have thought that something like video game addiction would be the first documented illness. Nevertheless, a decent staple.
People could lose the ability to tell the difference between life and the simulated world, and thus begin to feel that they can be deleted / derezzed / scrapped like any of the bots they constantly interact with.Go to Comment