Psycommu (サイコミュ Saikomyu) is a man-machine interface system that appears in the Universal Century. Its official name is the "Psycho Communicator System".
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A type of man-machine interface researched and developed by the Flanagan Institute during the One Year War, it detects special brain waves called "sensor waves" (also known as "psyco-waves") emitted by Newtypes (and later by enhanced humans such as Cyber Newtypes) and translates them into computer commands. This makes it possible to control a machine, which used to require pedals and levers, by simply "thinking". This system has the advantage that it is easy to improve the response of the machine because thoughts can be directly reflected in the machine's operation, but on the other hand, it puts a burden on the pilot, and the possibility of backflow and runaway of the psycommu cannot be eliminated. Initially, the device was so large that it required a huge mobile armor class body, but later the Axis Zeon succeeded in downsizing it, and it became possible to be installed in mobile suits.
In the world of Gaia Gear, psycommu system is usable by normal pilots. However, it puts heavy stress on the pilots' body/brain, to the point where they could become permanently handicapped. In most cases, a psycommu-equipped Man Machine will have the system sealed by default if it detects its pilot is not a Newtype, though it can be manually activated in an emergency.
A simple psycommu device developed by Anaheim Electronics in the late U.C. 0080s. The purpose of this device is to support the control of the machine by using the sensor waves of Newtypes. It was installed in some prototypes on a trial basis since the Gryps War, and from the background of its development, it is thought that the technology of the Zeon military's psycommu system has been appropriated. The system displayed unexpected functions when used by a pilot with high Newtype ability, as if it were translating thoughts into power. There have been supernatural phenomena such as machines equipped with the Bio-Sensor exceeding catalog specifications, deployment of a barrier by a machine not equipped with barrier generating device, and communication with a dead human. Such phenomena tends to occur when the pilot is running high on emotions.
Psycommu Controller Headset
The Psycommu Controller Headset is a technology installed in the second Qubeley Mk-II. The headset is headgear designed to read the psycowaves of the Newtype wearing it, and then transmitting those signals to a mobile suit equipped with a receiver. This allows a Newtype to control psycommu controlled remote weapons even from outside of the mobile suit.
This technology allows a mobile suit to be externally controlled via the psycommu system. Developed by the Earth Federation's Newtype Labs, this system is first installed in the second unit of the MRX-009 Psycho Gundam, and is a standard feature of the MRX-010 Psycho Gundam Mk-II.
A system that enables ordinary humans who are not Newtypes or enhanced humans to operate weapons controlled by the psycommu system. Research is being conducted on various approaches, such as enabling specific commands in real time by repeatedly sampling the pilot's brain waves. This has made it possible to shorten the time lag associated with the operation of the machine and improve the response. This technology has been used to develop weapons such as the "INCOM", which allows for pseudo-all-range attacks. However, the movements produced by the Quasi-Psycommu System is limited to two-dimensional.
A type of psycommu system installed on the MSZ-006-P2/3C Zeta Gundam P2/3C Type. Through this system, the pilot's thoughts and movements are directly reflected in the machine.
A special structural material for mobile suits that incorporates computer chips with psycommu functions at the metallic particle level.
The newtype injection trace reformed oldtype System is a new version of the psycommu system. Installed on the MSN-001X Gundam Delta Kai, the system forcibly enhances a normal pilot into a Cyber Newtype temporarily, and causes the mobile suit to emit blue flames during the process. It improves the pilot's response time, and allows the use of complicated fire control system as well as remote weaponry such as Delta Kai's Fin Funnels. However, the process of forcibly turning the pilot into a Cyber Newtype involve "rewriting" the brain, and this causes the pilot's personality to become unusually aggressive and unstable.
Intention Automatic System
A system that directly translates the thoughts of a Newtype pilot into the mobile suit's motions, allowing for far greater reaction speeds compared to manual control.
A new type of machine control system installed in the mobile armor XMA-01 Rafflesia. It is based on the technology that Carozzo Ronah developed before he joined the Crossbone Vanguard. Numerous fiber optics wires are connected to the neural receptors within Iron Mask's helmet, allowing him to operate the Rafflesia via thought alone.
Developed around the U.C.120s by Dr. Monica Arno, the Bio-Computer is a new kind of man-machine interface and a next-generation device developed from the psycommu system, but places less strain on its human operator. As its name implies, the Bio-Computer is similar in structure to a human brain. It uses organic materials for its computing elements, and mimics the cellular activities of living organisms. It is originally intended to help the disabled, but its development is ultimately funded by the Earth Federation Forces, who hoped to employ it as a mobile suit control system. The conversion into a mobile suit control system was conducted by the Strategic Naval Research Institute, who asked for cooperation to facilitate the research to help the disabled.
The Bio-Computer's operating processes resemble human thoughts and feelings. Rather than merely displaying data collected by the mobile suit's sensors on a computer monitor, the Bio-Computer can relay it directly to the pilot in the form of sensory information, so what the machine "feels" can also be experienced by the human operator. Like the original psycommu system, the Bio-Computer also allows the pilot to control the mobile suit using thoughts alone. However, the full latent potential of this system can only be tapped by a Newtype pilot.
A giant brainwave interference weapon using psycommu.
Notes & Trivia
- In After Colony era, the ZERO System functions in a similar way to the Bio-Computer.
- In After War era, the Flash System has the exact same functions as the psycommu system, designed specifically for Newtypes.
- In the Cosmic Era, there exist similar systems, such as the DRAGOONs, that allow users to control remote weapons. However, except for a few cases, most of these function closer to a quasi-psycommu system.
- Two types of the Bit Control System in Anno Domini exist: the first type is designed for those with Quantum Brainwaves which functions closer to the psycommu system, while those installed in Cherudim and Zabanya function closer to quasi-psycommu system, as they were assisted by Haros.
- While unnamed, X-Rounder systems from Gundam AGE have the exact same function as the psycommu system, designed specifically for X-Rounders.