A Remote is a limited-program automaton in a small, spherical transparisteel shell. The shell is covered with maneuvering thrusters, sensor nodes, and a set of miniature variable-strength blasters. A highly popular tool for military drills, the Remote follows randomized tactical patterns to attack the user and evade being struck. The intense sting of the microbolts is an incentive for recruits to improve their fighting form. Introduced in 24 BCGT by Industrial Automaton, the original Marksman-H design has changed very little over the decades.
Remotes have always been user-operated, despite being capable of functioning autonomously if provided with more sophisticated algorithms. The wave of a hand, touch of a control pad, or a complex set of program instructions can activate a remote, whether to simulate a sparring partner, provide marksmanship training, scout on the battlefield, or for the personal protection of those wealthy enough to require security. To prevent the Remote's destruction, manufacturers include a training converter that fits over the muzzle of most common weapons and depletes the charged particles.