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"I would say 75% of the economy is now being run by ex-science-fiction fans."
- Greg Bear

Sleeve Communicator  
  An electronic device controller built into clothing.  

How can you handle First Contact between human beings and aliens out in space? You'd certainly want to talk about it with other people.

"That," said the skipper savagely, "is just what's happening now. There's something like a locator beam on us. We're getting that beam and our own echo besides. But the other ship's invisible! Who is out here in an invisible ship with locator devices? Not men, certainly!"

He pressed the button in his sleeve communicator and snapped:

"Action stations! Man all weapons! Condition of extreme alert in all departments immediately!"

From First Contact, by Murray Leinster.
Published by Street and Smith Co. in 1945
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Take a look at the sleeve watch from the 1981 novel Dream Park and the email sleeve from Oryx and Crake (2003) by Margaret Atwood.

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