Touchlink is a physical contact interface technology used to connect a user's internal data network with external devices without the use of radio or optical transmissions.
A basic touchlink system uses an external interface attached to a particular machine and a complementary interface built into the user's onboard Direct Neural Interface and augmentations. When the user touches the external interface a link is established and data and control signals are transmitted using the body as a conduit. While not equal to the performance of a wireless or optical link, the system uses only a fraction of the power and has the added advantages of being both harder to monitor and less subject to outside interference such as competing signals or natural interference.
The basic technology of the touchlink was actually developed during the Information Age, when researchers discovered that it was possible to transmit low frequency electromagnetic waves through biological tissue. With the further development of small, flexible, and durable electrodes that could be readily stuck to the skin, it was only a short step to transmitting data directly through the human body. Initially the technology was primarily used to link together medical sensors and later, internal medical robotics, but as DNI and mental augmentation were developed, touchlink technology became commonplace.
Direct Neural Interface Standard (DNIS) - Text by Anders Sandberg Neural code standard, used among many near-baseline cyborgs and advanced cyborgs with pidgin lobes.
Internalnet - Text by Ken Clements, in Anders Sandberg's Transhuman Terminology An information network inside a living body, for example between nanochondria, bionic implants or external wearable computers.
Internet, The - Text by M. Alan Kazlev Old Earth Information Age data-network enabling exchange of information through data packages transmitted through computers linked by telephone and communication satellites, using a common shared protocol. The Internet eventually became a part of the IPN, which in term was later expanded to become the Interstellar Net and finally the Known Net.
Pimple Socket - Text by M. Alan Kazlev A microscopic interface socket by which a biont can use cyberware (e.g. DNI) without appearing like a "buttonhead". The name cames from the fact that the socket itself is surrounded by a small bump or pimple that allows the user to find it even without augmentations.
Total Touch Environment - Text by M. Alan Kazlev, from concept by Ray Kurzweil Old (Information Age) term for any virch environment that provides all-encompassing tactile sensation, whether via hotsuit or DNI.