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"The whole problem of energy sources is going to be solved by little solutions, not by some big new piece of technology that does everything. We got into this crisis by believing that we had one big piece of technology that would do everything (oil)."
- Gregory Benford

Comeye  
  A portable video camera, used by the mobile functionary to keep in touch with office.  

I don't think that there was a portable consumer product in 1984 that allowed you to send video over a computer or over phone lines.

In this excerpt, an important government worker observes an interrogation. His superiors want to know the results.

Both of them looked at the functionary. That one turned and bent to his datacase. He removed a small comeye from it and stood with the screen concealed from his companions and Teg. The 'eye came alight with a green glow, which cast a sickly illumination over the observer's features. His self-important smile vanished. He moved his lips silently, words formed only for someone on that 'eye to see... The green light danced on the functionary's face while he stared into the 'eye. Whoever communicated with him ws in agitated movement if that light meant anything...

The green light winked off.

The functionary clipped the 'eye to his waist, turned toward his companions and nodded once.

From Heretics of Dune, by Frank Herbert.
Published by Putnam in 1984
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From the description, this device seemed to combine the picture taking and picture presentation features.

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