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"...science fiction is sort of like a sociological genome. It's a huge range of possible futures, most of them useless; some vital. You never really know in advance."
- Peter Watts

Chest-Lens  
  Part of an automatic photograph-and-send system.  

"This line is our fleet. Remember how West had it drawn up? It was a mastermind arranged our fleet, that day. A genius. We held them off for twelve hours before they busted through. Nobody thought we'd have a chance of even doing that." Savagely, Unger gouged another line. "That's the crow fleet."

"I see," West muttered. He leaned over so his chest-lens would vid the rough lines in the gravel back to the scanning center in the mobile unit circling lazily overhead. And from there to main headquarters on Luna. "And the webfoot fleet?"

Technovelgy from War Veteran, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by If in 1955
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Compare to the spotcast from The Little Things (1945) by Henry Kuttner, newstaper gear from Flash Crowd (1972) by Larry Niven and fido from Riders of the Purple Wage (1967) by Philip Jose Farmer and the Tru-Vue Lens from Earth (1990) by David Brin.

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