|Starfleet Equipment & Devices|
|• COMMUNICATOR||• TRICORDER||• PADD|
|• MEDKIT||• PERSONAL PHASERS||• PHASER RIFLES & HEAVY WEAPONRY|
PADD is an acronym for Personal Access Display Device. The PADD is the primary portable computing system used by Starfleet. PADDs can be constructed via replicators to produce a device to suit that particular user. PADDs can be used to control other devices and are highly integrated into the starship's computer systems. A properly configured PADD, with the correct security codes, could theoretically be used to fly a starship.
The PADD contains a Subspace Transceiver Assembly (STA) for communication with other devices and can function as a communicator or a portable display for a subspace call. However, the device relies on the starship's computer system to which it is connected to achieve this functionality, unlike a standard communicator/combadge that can operate independently.