Common Tools

Duck tape 2.0

A roll reusable tape. One side is adhesive, and the other side is not usually adhesive. The adhesive side is covered with programmable nanoassemblers that temporarily hold and mend. Without programming, it will mend simple surface materials using a "best guess" approach, including more complex materials such as human skin. The other side contains units that convert ambient light to power the adhesive units.

With creative programming, Duck Tape 2.0, can be used for a number of applications.

1. The energy gathering side may be a light sensor, or even a crude optical sensor.

2. The energy gathering side may transmit the energy it collects to some other location or object.

3. The adhesive side's nanoassembler array may make nanobots that go deeper into the underlying material to effect repairs or make modifications.

4. The adhesive side's nanoassembler array may be used to dissolve the underlying substance (this is usually quite slow since the nanobots are not designed with this purpose in mind).

5. The whole tape may "walk" on assemblers and roam over an assigned area or object, thus allowing a small amount of tape to patrol a large surface, fixing small leaks in macrotech structures.

6. Stitch in ultra wide band communications (or "assemble" them) to use the tape as miniature location tags. By putting small swatches on objects, you can better track or inventory them.

7. The tape may detach and roll up for re-use.

8. The tape may wrap raw materials in a quick cocoon, thus allowing more efficient total nano reconstruction.

9. The energy gathering side may display different patterns, and surface qualities according to the user's preferences.

The Utility Fog apartment

1. Kitchen appliances are extruded like a gel, solidify, and the melt into the countertop when not needed.

2. The floor can be switched to simulate hardwood, marble, carpet, teflon, rubber, or almost any material.

3. The bed is the couch, is the workbench is toilet is the...

4. Can be used to create instant items while the user is waiting for the real thing from the nanoassembler.

Uber Widget

Something much like the Old Earth swiss army knife, but made of memory metal foam. Literally springs into the desired shape. It will switch between screwdriver analog, cutting tool, wrench analog, rod, or any basic tool, though any one item has no more than two or three preprogrammed shapes.


A button shaped device that, when place on the skin, shoots medical nanobots into the patient.


Highly efficient equivalents to ordinary chemical batteries, created with miniature toroids of superconducting nanotech materials. These act as fast capacitors.

Biobatteries based on the design of mitochondria that run on simple sugars (a favored form in biotech-based societies).
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Development Notes
Text by Sethbord

Initially published on 17 October 2003.

Heavily modified for clarity by Stephen Inniss, January 1 2008

The mitochondrial bacteria idea I read about back in the 80's, so it is not mine.
Superconducting nanotubes do exist, and so does using superconductors as energy storage for utility fluctuations. I just don;t think anybody has mixed the two yet.
The memory foam metal idea is adapted between an early fascination with aerogels, and a demonstration of a voice activated robot lamp, which adjusted tilt on command.
As far as I know, building a nano assembler array onto rolls of tape is completely original. - Sethbord