The Calculation Assistance Device (演算補助デバイス Enzan Hojo Debaisu?) is a device used by Accelerator. The device was designed by Heaven Canceller to take the form of a Choker-style electrode (チョーカー型電極 Chōkā-gata Denkyoku?) that allows Accelerator's brain to connect to the Misaka Network by means of electromagnetic telecommunication. By connecting to the network, the device can be used by Accelerator to request for the performance of the calculations necessary to compensate for the loss of his own calculation abilities, which the use of his esper power heavily relied on. The device is also used to compensate for Accelerator's loss of motor and verbal skills.
In Toaru Majutsu no Index, the device exists to balance Accelerator out with the other protagonists, as well as the various antagonists he confronts because of his immense power. It also symbolizes Accelerator's ironic fate as the one who once had taken away the lives of 10,031 Sisters but now has his life being supported by the remaining 9,970 that lived.
After Accelerator's frontal lobe has been damaged after being shot by Amai Ao, it took away his verbal and calculation abilities. Moreover, it seemed to affect his motor skills as well as his ability to properly discern text and speech. After being told by Misaka 10032 that he can use the Misaka Network to do calculations, Heaven Canceller endeavored to construct a device to compensate for what Accelerator has lost. All of the important parts of the device were created by Heaven Canceller himself, manufacturing it through the use of machine tools.
Appearance and specifications
The device takes the appearance of a black rectangular box which contains most of the parts. There is a switch on the device that allows Accelerator to use three settings: off, normal, and esper mode, a little light on the box is indicating which setting Accelerator is using. Finally, a wire comes out of the box which splits in two. Each of its end has an electrode attached which is then stuck to the back of Accelerator's head. This makes the appearance of the device look similar to that of a portable music player.
The device makes use and transmits Accelerator's brainwaves to make a limited connection to the Misaka Network which is composed of the remaining 9,970 Sisters. To allow Accelerator to make use of the Misaka Network's calculations, the device acts as a transformer that can let both sides' brainwave wavelengths match. The device uses a unique battery that cannot be replaced, much to Accelerator's inconvenience. To recharge the device's battery the rectangular box can be removed from the choker and then attached to a dedicated power set. In the original construction, the device under normal settings can be used for 48 hours allowing for Accelerator to walk, talk, count, etc. after which it needs to be recharged. With regards to the esper mode setting of the device, due to the massive calculations that are needed to be carried out every instant when using his powers, the device's battery would be drained in only about 15 minutes, and even then, Accelerator believes that the power he temporarily recovered via the device isn't even half of what it was used to be. As a side effect, the device provokes hair growth in Accelerator.
After GROUP's technical team got their hands on the device, it allowed Accelerator to use the esper mode setting up to 30 minutes. However, much to Accelerator's surprise, the technical team also tampered with the device, installing a safety device that allows for a higher-up to control it remotely as they see fit, seemingly allowing them to disable the device from switching to esper mode.
Despite Accelerator obtaining the plans and designs of the device from Heaven Canceller, he makes no apparent attempt to modify the device. Instead, he uses the information he gathered to modify his crutch, allowing Accelerator to block specific wavelengths after successfully analyzing it and using the equipment of the crutch. It works by producing an interference wavelength that can be reverse-engineered to specifically block that wavelength, to seemingly counteract the tampering done on the device by the higher-ups.
As it uses electromagnetism/specific EM waves in order for the device to connect to the Misaka Network, it is also susceptible to signal interference as well. The device will not function properly if Accelerator use it while in a deep underground location, or if a jamming signal was used. The latter was compensated through the use of his modified crutch. Moreover, it is also susceptible to not working in places where electromagnetic waves can be scattered, such as the Third Resource Recycling Processing Facility, which when used may make him lose control of his powers. The device is susceptible to the Chaff Seed, and is implied to be with permanent magnets used on motors as well, though Accelerator didn't even allow it to come close to him.
It is implied that Electromasters like Misaka Worst can jam the signal with her electrical powers. There is an implication that any person that can interfere with the Misaka Network itself would render the device useless as well, with one notable example being the virus getting installed to the network by Kihara Gensei, affecting his processing abilities.
- Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 05 Epilogue
- Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 12 Chapter 2 Part 5
- Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 15 Chapter 1 Part 1
- Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume SS Chapter 2 Part 4
- Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 13 Chapter 6 Part 7
- Toaru Kagaku no Accelerator Manga Chapter 009
- Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 08 Between the Lines 4
- Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 08 Between the Lines 2
- Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume SS Chapter 2 Part 1
- Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume SS Chapter 4 Part 4
- Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 19 Chapter 3 Part 11
- Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 19 Chapter 7 Part 3
- Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 19 Chapter 2 Part 10
- Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 20 Chapter 3 Part 2
- Toaru Kagaku no Railgun T Episode 10