Wakandan bead bracelets, also known as Wakandan tech
bracelets, are advanced pieces of “invisible” Wakandan life-style technology.
Its predecessor, the kimoyo card, an extremely powerful and versatile PDA
comparable to the modern-day Stark Phone, was completely phased out in 1998
when it was replaced by the bead bracelets. The vibranium technology used in
the bead bracelets is an upgraded form of what was present in the kimoyo cards.
The bead bracelets are modular devices that are completely
customisable, and they are capable of holding up to twenty-five beads,
excluding the prime bead. The function of each bead can be programmed to suit
the needs of its wearer – examples of popular bead functions include AV
holographic projecting, digital photography capturing, storing, and sharing,
and text and voice messaging.
The prime bead that is placed at the centre of the bracelet
differs visually from the rest of the beads, and its design is symbolic of its
wearer’s social status or profession. The prime bead is given to all Wakandan
children at the time of their birth, and it has only one function – the storage
of vital medical records. The prime bead is the only bead whose data can be
read via radio-frequency identification (RFID) scanners, making the information
it holds accessible to medical professionals outside of Wakanda.
The majority of T’Challa’s bead bracelet is constructed from
the same black reverbium vibranium that composes the Panther Suit, whereas the
prime bead is anti-metal vibranium, the same silver vibranium from which his
claws were forged. With this, T’Challa’s bead bracelet is equally as durable as
his armoured regalia, ensuring that it will not sustain damage in combat.
T’Challa’s bead bracelet is also a unique build – there
exists no other pure vibranium bracelet construct within Wakanda. With pure
Wakandan vibranium priced at $10,000 per gram, it is also the most expensive
bead bracelet in Wakanda, with an estimated value of $1,200,000 when all
twenty-five beads and the prime bead are worn.