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"Bureaucracies hide their mistakes, because people's careers are tied to those mistakes. Therefore, bureaucracies are a perfect mechanism for perpetuating mistakes."
- Frank Herbert

Companion Implant  
  Electronic device placed within the body; it has a wide variety of uses.  

This item transmits everything it perceives to its other half - the alibi-archive.

He reached down and pulled out the control bud on his Companion that turned on the external speaker. "You do it."

"My pleasure," said Hak, through the cochlear implants, then, switching to the speaker -

Reuben looked down. The voice was coming from the strange implant on Ponter's left wrist. "Talk to the hand," the implant said.

From Hominids (Neanderthal Parallax), by Robert J. Sawyer.
Published by Analog Science Fiction in 2003
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His Companion's scanners perceived everthing within a couple of paces; it only needed its directional lens uncovered when looking at an object outside its scanning range.

Compare this to the monitor beads from Frank Herbert's 1977 novel The Dosadi Experiment.

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