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The cover to GURPS Ultra-Tech for 4th Edition.

Because we are just entering TL9 (The Microtech Age) there are few "defining" technologies outside of what is given in the Basic Set and there is a good deal of overlap in the preceding TL8 (The Digital Age). As a result the technology at this level is one of the broadest of the future techs.

TLs with Superscience versions are in bold. Pure superscience devices are listed on TL^ (Superscience Tech). Many of these technologies have improvements in the TL10 (The Robotic Age).

Important Note: GURPS 4e TL9 approximately equates to TL8 in GURPS 3e.


  • Signature technologies: Artificial intelligence; real-time virtuality.
  • Transportation: Robot cars; space elevators; manned interplanetary space flight
  • Weapons and Armor: Electrolasers; heavy laser weapons; battlesuits; combat robots; designer viruses
  • Power: Micro fuel cells; deuterium-hydrogen fusion; high-temperature superconductors
  • Biotechnology/Medicine: Human genetic engineering; tissue engineering; artificial wombs; cybernetic implants

Core TechnologiesEdit

Power CellsEdit

  • Flexible Power Cells (TL9-12)
  • Non-Rechargeable Power Cells (TL9-12)


  • Fission Generators
  • Prototype Fusion Generators
  • Solar Panels: Solar Power Array, Solar Paint
  • Beamed Power


  • Tiny Computer (LC4)
  • Small Computer (LC4)
  • Personal Computer (LC4)
  • Microframe (LC3)
  • Mainframe (LC3)
  • Macroframe (LC3)
  • Megacomputer (LC2)
  • Quantum Computers (-1 to LC)

Personal ItemsEdit

  • Attaché Case (LC4)
  • Power Pack

Grooming and StyleEdit

  • Cleaning Gel, Smart Brush


  • Imprint Circuits, Computer Clothing, Varicloth, Suitspray[1]


  • Cybervox, Electronic Ecstasy

Recreational and Personal RobotsEdit

  • Android (TL9-12), Petbot (TL9-12)

Communications, Sensors and MediaEdit

Communication and InterfaceEdit

  • Cable Jack and Optical Cable


  • IR Communicators, Laser Communicators (Laser-Retinal Imaging), Radio Communicators, Solar Communicator, Sonic Communicator


  • Encryption Systems: Basic Encryption (LC4), Secure Encryption (LC2), Decryption Program (LC3), Quantum Computers
  • Quantum Communications


  • Translator Program

Neural interfacesEdit

  • Neural Input Receiver, Direct Neural Interface (TL9-11), Brainlocks, Planetary Network

Mail and FreightEdit

  • Suborbital Express Mail

Media and EducationEdit

  • Word Processing Software: Voice Processor

Recording and PlaybackEdit

  • Digital Data Storage Media (TL9-12), Digital Cameras and Camcorders (Flatcam, Pocketcam, Portacam, 3D Cameras), Media Players (TL9-10; Book Reader, Data Player, Entertainment Console (LC4), Video Wall, Multi-Media Wall)
  • Scent Synthesizers
  • Sonic Projector (LC4)

Virtual RealityEdit

  • VR Gloves, Basic VR Suit (LC4), Basic Neural VR (LC4), Full VR Suit (LC4), Full Neural VR (LC4), Total VR (LC4), VR Manager, VR Environmental Database, Interactive Total VR: Dreamgames

Teaching and Learning AidsEdit

  • AI Tutors, Training Robots, Virtual Education

Augmented RealityEdit

  • Memory Augmentation
  • Video and Sensory Processing: Visual Enhancement (LC4), Cosmetic Filter (LC4), Video Masking (LC4)
  • Virtual Tutors
  • Sensies: Sensie Player (LC4), Sensie Uplink (LC4), Braintaps, Sensie Editor (LC4)

Sensors and Scientific EquipmentEdit

  • Passive Visual Sensors
    • Night Vision Optics (LC4): Electro-Optical Binoculars (“Televiewers”), Electro-Optical Surveillance Camera, Night Vision Contacts, Night Vision Glasses, Night Vision Goggles or Visor
    • Infrared Imaging Sensors (LC4): Infrared Imaging Sensor Array, Infrared Binoculars, Infrared Surveillance Camera, Infrared Goggles or Visor, Infrared Video Glasses
    • Hyperspectral Imaging Sensors (LC4): Hyperspectral Binoculars, Hyperspectral Surveillance Camera, Hyperspectral Goggles or Visor
  • Indirect Passive Sensors
    • Chemsniffer: Personal Chemsniffer (LC4), Dedicated Chemsniffer (LC4), Tactical Chemsniffer (LC3)
    • Electronic Support Measures (ESM): ESM Detector (LC3), Tactical ESM Detector (LC3)
    • Sound Detector (LC3): Personal Sound Detector, Tactical Sound Detector
    • Hydrophone: Small Hydrophone (LC3), Medium Hydrophone (LC3), Large Hydrophone (LC3), Search Hydrophones (LC4)
    • Gravscanners: Very Large Gravscanner
  • Active Sensors
    • Vehicular Arrays
    • Ladar: Large Ladar (LC4), Medium Ladar (LC4), Small Ladar (LC4); Small, Medium, or Large Tactical Ladar (LC2)
    • Multi-Mode Radar: Large Radar (LC4), Medium Radar (LC4), Small Radar (LC4), Small, Medium, or Large Tactical Radar (LC2)
    • Terahertz Radar: Large Terahertz Radar (LC4), Medium Terahertz Radar (LC4), Small Terahertz Radar (LC4), Tactical Terahertz Radar (LC2)
  • Combination Sensors
    • Extensible Sensor Pod (ESP) (LC3)
    • Tactical Sensor Turret (LC3)
  • Scientific Equipment
    • Portable Laboratories (LC4)
    • Wristwatch Rad Counter

Housing Tools, and Survival GearEdit

Housing and FoodEdit

  • Domestic Equipment and Appliances
    • Housebot (TL9-11): (LC4)
    • Responsive Beds
  • Housing and Construction Foodstuffs
    • The Intelligent House
    • Domed Cities
    • Space Habitats: O’Neill Cylinders, Stanford Torus, Bernal Sphere, Asteroid Hives
  • Foodstuffs
    • Meal Pack[2], Survival Rations, Food Tablets or Paste

Expedition GearEdit

  • Lights
    • Flashlights and Searchlights: Penlight, Mini Flashlight, Heavy Flashlight, Searchlight (LC4)
    • Glow Sticks
  • Navigation Instruments
    • Global Positioning System (GPS) Receiver
    • Inertial Navigation: Inertial Compass (TL9-12), Inertial Navigation System (LC4)
  • Containers and Load-Bearing Equipment
    • Hovercart (LC4)
    • Pressure Box (TL9-12; LC4)
  • Survival and Camping Gear
    • Envirobag (TL9-12), Filtration Canteen, Gripboots (LC4), Modular Cage (LC4), Modular Environmental Cage (LC4), Pressure Tent (Personal) (LC4), Rocket Piton (LC4), Smart Pitons (LC4), Spider Cage, Splat Piton (LC4), Vapor Canteen (LC4), Vapor Collector (LC4)
  • Environmental
    • Rescue Bubble (TL9-12)
    • Worldscaping (TL9-12): Mars-Type Terraforming
  • Exploration, Safari, and Salvage Robots
    • Robot Mule (LC4), Scout Robot

Tools and Construction MaterialsEdit

  • Tools and Tool Kits
    • Laser and Plasma Torches (TL9-10)
    • Power Tools (TL9-12)
    • Rope (made of polymer fibers or artificial spider silk)
    • Instructor Kits
    • Industrial Water Knife
    • Portable Antimatter Trap (TL9-12)
    • Tool Kits: Portable Tool Kit (LC4), Mini-Toolkit (LC4), Portable Workshop (LC4)
    • Micro-Manipulator Tool Bench (LC4)
    • Nail Gun: Smart Nail Gun (LC4)
    • Slipspray (LC3)
    • Super Adhesives (TL9-10): Gecko Adhesive
  • Worker Robots
    • Techbot (TL9-10)
  • Heavy Equipment, Salvage, and Rescue Gear
    • Blast Foam (LC3)
    • Fire Extinguisher (LC4)
  • Demolitions
    • Explosives (TL9-11): Antimater (LC0), Plastex B (LC2)
    • Taggants


  • Industrial Equipment
    • Factory Production Line
    • Robotic Production Line
    • Fabricator: Industrial Fabricator (LC3), Minifac (LC4)

Covert Ops and SecurityEdit

Deception and IntrusionEdit

  • Burglary, Infiltration, and Sabotage: Electronic Lockpick (LC2), Electronic Thumb (LC3)
  • Forgery and Counterfeiting: Document Fabricator (TL9-10; LC2)
  • Disguises and Smuggling
    • Disguise Kit (LC2), Shape-Memory Disguises (half normal LC round down), Stealth Luggage and Cargo (LC3), Voice Mask (LC3)
  • ECM and Stealth
    • Chameleon Surface (TL9-12): (LC3) Thermo-Optic Chameleon Surface, Chameleon Cloak, Chameleon Net
    • Deception ECM (TL9-10, LC2)
    • Infrared Cloaking (LC3)
    • Programmable Camouflage (LC3)
    • Radar Stealth (LC3), Scent Masking (LC4)
  • Computer Intrusion
    • Computer Monitoring Gear (LC2)
    • Keyboard Bug (LC3)
    • SQUID (TL9/11, LC3)

Security and SurveillanceEdit

  • Barriers, Mines, and Traps
    • Armored Doors (TL9-12)
    • Laser Fences (TL9-12): (LC3) - Laser Fence, Electrolaser Fence
    • Electronic Locks (LC4)
    • Remote-Controlled Weapons
    • Sonic Barrier (LC4)
    • Wire Fences (TL9-11): Cutting Wire (LC4), Fragwire (LC2), Sensor Wire (LC4)
  • Security Scanners
    • Biometric Scanner
    • Portal Scanners (TL9-10, LC3)
    • Surveillance Sensors
  • Surveillance and Tracking Devices (TL9-10)
    • Com Tap (LC3), Homing Beacon (LC4), Nanobug, Emissions Nanobug, Laser Microphone (LC3), Surveillance Worm
  • Counter-Surveillance and ECM (TL9-10)
    • Bug Detectors (LC3), Bug Stomper (LC3)

Enforcement and CoercionEdit

  • Forensics and Lie Detection (TL9-10): Verifier Software
  • Restraint and Riot Control Devices
    • Cufftape (LC3): Razortape (LC2)
    • Electronic Cuffs (LC4/LC3)
    • Explosive Collar (LC2)
    • Sensory Control Restraints
  • Interrogation, Brainwashing, and Animal Control
    • Beamed Audio Sound System
    • Biopresence Software
    • Brainwipe Machine (TL9-10)
    • Message Bomb
    • Neural Programmer
  • Black Ops Robots
    • Robobug


Beam WeaponsEdit

  • Lasers (TL9-12)
  • Electrolaser
  • Microwave Weapons
    • Microwave Area Denial (MAD)
    • Microwave Disruptor Weaponry (TL9-10)[3]
  • Sonic Weapons (TL9-10)

Fluid ProjectorsEdit

  • Sprays
  • Vortex Ring Projectors
  • Guns And Launchers
    • Conventional And Etc Guns
    • Gas Powered Air Guns (TL9-10)
    • Electromagnetic Guns (TL9-10)
  • Gyrocs
  • Rockets And Missiles (TL9-12)
  • Hand Grenades

Firearm AccessoriesEdit

  • Targeting Systems
    • HUD Link
    • Compact Targeting Scope (CTS) (TL9-12)
    • Enhanced Targeting Scope (ETS) (TL9-12)
    • Tactical Programs
  • Smartgun Electronics
  • Other Accessories
    • Accessory Rails
    • Gyrostabilized Weapon Harness
    • Access Control
    • Articulated Weapon Harness
    • Diagnostic Computer
    • D-Tag
    • IFF Interrogator
    • Power Holster (LC4)
    • Sniper Mirror (LC4)
    • Tripod (LC4)
    • Shoulder Servomount (LC3)

Warheads And AmmunitionEdit

  • Conventional (TL9-10)
    • APHEX: Armor-Piercing Hard Core (APHC) LC2; Armor-Piercing Discarding-Sabot (APDS) LC1; Armor-Piercing Enhanced Penetrator (APEP) LC1; Armor-Piercing Hardcore Explosive (APHEX);
    • Biochemical Aerosol; Biochemical Liquid
    • Flare LC4
    • HE Warhead
    • High Explosive Concussion (HEC)
    • Hollow-Point (HP) LC4.
    • Shaped Charge LC1.
    • Memory Baton LC4.
    • Shotshell LC4.
    • Smart Explosively Forged Projectile (SEFOP) (LC2)
    • Tangler LC4
    • Thermobaric LC1
  • Nuclear And Antimatter (TL9-10): Mininuke
  • Energy (LC2): EMP, Expendable Jammer, Strobe, Warbler; no nonsuperscience past TL9 listed

Biochemical And Nanotech WeaponsEdit

  • Gases And Clouds (TL9-10): Riot Gas (LC3), Musk (LC4), Nerve Gas - Lethal (LC0), Sleep Gas (LC2), Smoke (LC4)
  • Foams And Liquids (TL9-11): Firefoam
  • Poisons

Melee And Thrown WeaponsEdit

  • Physical Weapons (TL9-11)
  • Energy Weapons (TL9-11)

Combat Robots (TL9-12)Edit

  • Robot Weapons
    • Genius Missiles (TL9-12)
    • Hunter Missile
    • Striker Missile (TL9-10)


Body Armor And Protective GearEdit

  • Body Armor
    • Ballistic Armor (TL9-11): Reflex (TL9)
    • Tactical Vest (TL9-11)
    • Assault Boots (TL9-12)
    • Laser-Resistant Body Armor (TL9-11): Reflec
  • Rigid Body Armor
    • Headgear (TL9-12): Armored Shades (TL9-12); Light Infantry Helmet (TL9-12); Clamshell Armor (TL9-12)
  • Environmental Gear And Suits (TL9-12)
    • Air Masks and Breathing Gear (TL9-10)
    • Artificial Gill (TL9-12)
  • Flexible Sealed Combat Suits (TL9-12): Reflex, Nanoweave, and Monocrys Tacsuits (TL9-11)
    • Civilian Survival Suits (TL9-10):
    • Counterpressure Vacc Suits (TL9-12): Vacc Suit (TL9-11), Skinsuit
  • Sealed Combat Armor (TL9): Combat Hardsuit (TL9-12), Space Armor (TL9-12)
  • Sealed Helmets
    • Combat Infantry Helmet (TL9-11)
    • Space Helmet (TL9-12): Bubble Helmet (TL9-12), Space Combat Helmet (TL9-12), Visored Space Helmet (TL9-12)

Powered SuitsEdit

  • Full-Body Exoskeletons (TL9-10): Heavy Exoskeleton (TL9), Light Exoskeleton (TL9)
    • Lower-Body Exoskeleton (TL9), Power Sleeve (TL9)
  • Battlesuits (TL9-12)
    • Combat Walkers (TL9): Marine Combat Walker (TL9), Space Combat Walker (TL9)
    • Powered Combat Armor (TL9)
    • Zero-G Worksuit (TL9)

Defense SystemsEdit

  • Other Defenses
    • Ablative Foam (LC4)
    • Armor Without Faceplates
    • Biomedical Sensors
    • Electromagnetic Armor (EMA) (TL9-10)
    • IFF Comm (LC3)
    • Life Jacket
    • Nasal Filter Plugs (LC4)
    • Near Miss Indicator (LC4)
    • Personal Radar/Laser Detector (LC4)
    • Radiation Badge (LC4)
    • Riot Shield (LC4)
    • Suit Patches (TL9)
    • Trauma Maintenance (LC4)

Medical and BiotechEdit

Biomedical EquipmentEdit

  • Medical Gear (LC4 unless noted otherwise)
    • Anti-Toxin Kit, Automed, Bandage Spray, Biomonitor, Biomonitor Autoinjector, Diagnostic Sensors, Diagnostic Bed, Diagnostic Probes, Disposable Test Kit,
    • Emergency Support Unit (TL9-10): Hospital ESU (TL9), Transport ESU (TL9), Wearable Life Support Unit (TL9)
    • First Aid Kits, Hibernation Chamber (LC3), HyMRI Scanner (LC3), Plasti-Skin, Pneumohypo,
    • Physician’s Equipment (TL9-12): Medical Supplies (TL9); Medical Bed (TL9); Biomonitor (TL9)
    • Diagnostic Smart Bandage, Surgical Equipment, Pocket Medic
  • Medical Robots
    • Nursebot (TL9-12)
  • Psychiatric Equipment (TL9-12)
    • Brainscanner (LC4)
  • Biotech Equipment
    • Growth Tank (LC3)
  • Drugs And Nano (TL9-11)
    • Analgine (TL9) LC3; Antirad (TL9); Hyperstim (TL9) LC2; Morphazine (TL9) LC3; Soothe (TL9) LC4; Crediline (TL9) LC2
  • Biotech Techniques (TL9-12)

Cybernetics And UploadingEdit

  • Body Modifications (TL9-12)
    • Biomonitor Implant
    • Bionic body parts (LC4)
    • Cybernetic physical advantages
  • Brain Implants (TL9-11)
  • Remote-Controlled Cybernetics (becomes more common in higher TLs)
  • Cybernetic Uplift
  • Total Cyborg Brain Transplants (TL9-12)


Planetary TravelEdit

  • Slidewalks, Self-Driving Vehicles, Mag-Lev Trains, Super Airships, Ballistic Liners, Transcontinental Tunnels

Space TravelEdit

  • Space Elevator


  • Atvs

Personal VehiclesEdit

  • Flying Cars


  • Light Battle Tank (TL9)


  • Armored Hovercraft, Hover Jeep


  • Deep-Sea Minisub, Supercav Minisub

Diver Propulsion SystemsEdit

  • Aquasled

Tilt-Rotor TransportEdit

  • Tactical Tilt-Rotor

Utility VertolEdit

  • Utility Vertol

Grav Bikes And PlatformsEdit

  • Microplanes: Dragonfly Microlight
  • Flight Packs: Helipack
  • Zero-G Thrusters: Hand Thruster, Thruster Pack

Drop CapsulesEdit

  • Life Pod

Related MaterialEdit


  1. Though listed for TL9-11 no example of TL9 is given. It is LC4 based on the higher TL examples
  2. very improved version of TL6's Meals Ready to Eat
  3. While a range of TL9-10 is given for Microwave Disruptor Weaponry no TL10 examples are given
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