Spotlight on Ring Phasers
When I originally wrote the Times of the HG Wells series, I had an idea that there would be small phasers but had not really fully developed the concept. Because, in canon, phasers have fairly steadily gotten smaller in size, it made some sense to have them, in the very deep future, be rather small pieces of equipment. This also worked as a cover, for Rick Daniels and other time travelers would need to carry a weapon to a lot of time periods where carrying such a weapon would be problematic.
For characters needing to hide a phaser (and maybe even make it look like something else), the idea of turning it into a ring configuration seemed smart. For female time travelers in particular in history, they could even place the ring phaser onto their left ring finger and claim that it was a wedding ring.
The idea is that the ring phaser is about as plain and nondescript as the idea to the right. Furthermore, as time travelers would often have to worry about theft and beatings, the article was not intended to appear ostentatious or particularly expensive.
For a small afterthought type of original technology, I think it turned out pretty well. It would not shock me if a deep future storyline, either in the books or some hypothetical to-be-aired series or film, featured something like them.
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