A datapad was a small, usually low-cost, electronic device used for storing information. Taking the place of the more primitive book, a datapad could store textual, graphic, and holographic data. They were commonly used as notebooks, day planners, calculators, and sketchpads. Some models could interface with and download information from larger computer networks. Most datapads came standard equipped with a touch-sensitive color screen, audio pickups, headphone ports, and power cells.
Datacards with specific information stored on them (for example, star charts, encyclopedias, tour guides, law books, works of fiction) were widely available. These datacards could then be loaded into the datapad for easy access. Many planetary governments were legally obligated to provide such materials (especially regarding local laws) to all offworlders.
Datapads also varied in size, from palm-sized devices to larger units designed for two hands. A common datapad was the Companion2000, which weighed less than 1 kg, and cost around 100 credits. It was produced by MicroData Technologies, which offered a wide range of datapad models.
Other uses of datapads included their employment by beings such as bounty hunters. Bounty hunters often used datapads to store mission information on their targets, locations, or other vital pieces of information. Personal Datapads of this kind were designed to erase all stored information if not handled correctly.
Some datapads could be rather sensitive; any datacards that had dirt on their surface stood a good chance of ruining a datapad's electronics completely.
In many LucasArts games, an on-screen datapad interface is used to show the game menu, which includes inventory, mission objectives, level maps, and other information.
The Datapad first appeared in the Expanded Universe novel Heir to the Empire. It is one of the items that first appeared in the Expanded Universe that would eventually appear in the films.
A datapad is the device you carry that stores a variety of useful information and items, including pets, vehicles, waypoints, ships, and crafting schematics. The datapad is not an item in your inventory, but rather an integral part of the game interface and is accessed by hitting K.
Table of contents
The datapad display contains the following elements:
When you select the Waypoints tab, the contents panel lists the waypoints you have stored; it provides the following options:
When you select a waypoint, its data is shown in the data panel. This includes the name of the waypoint; its data: the planet, sector, and position (location); its status; and any text that was stored with it (for instance, some helpful information about why an NPC gave you the waypoint).
Each waypoint has a radial menu that contains the following actions:
When you select the Data tab, the contents panel lists the items and pets currently "stored" in your datapad. These include your pets, droids, ships, flight computers, vehicles, manufacturing schematics, packed houses, and other miscellaneous items sometimes used for quests (e.g., the "Encryption Key" shown in the image is a part of the Warren quests). In many cases, the datapad actually holds a control device for an object or pet, which automatically goes into to a holding area when "stored".
In addition to the list of data items, the contents panel displays the Capacity of the data pad and how much is currently used. Although the capacity indicator is shown in under the waypoints tab as well, only data items take up storage space (the Volume column in the details view).
Details of the information shown in the data panel for a data item and the item's radial menu depend on the type of data (see control devices). However, all items support the following actions:
A common default (double-click) action lets you call or store the associated item; you might find it convienent to add the icon for a pet, vehicle, or droid control device to your toolbar.
Do not count towards the limit:
When you select the POI tab, the contents panel lists any Points of Interest for the planet or sector you're in. These provide the same navigation information as waypoints and show up on your waypoint display in yellow. They are a permanently burned into your datapad.
When you select a POI, its description is shown in the data panel.
Each POI has a radial menu that contains one action:
When you select the Draft Schematics tab, the contents panel lists all draft schematics you have learned. Most of these are automatically added (and removed) from your datapad as you advance in your professions and learn to craft new items.
You may select a schematic to see its description in the data panel. This includes the complexity of the crafting job, the crafting tool used, the types and amounts of resources and components used, and any experimentation data, not to mention a snazzy, full color picture of the finished item.