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Death Star Meeting

There's a large, shiny black thing sitting in the middle of the table during this imperial meeting on the Death Star during A New Hope. It bears a striking resemblance to the mind probe that the Empire uses to torture Princess Leia later in the movie. I realise that there were probably plenty of black, shiny things in the Death Star in its heyday but to my mind it looks like an IT-O Interrogator. Can anyone confirm what this object actually is? And, if it is a mind probe, why is it lying around on the middle of an office table?

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    Logic says it's likely some kind of communications device, but I don't know enough about SW to say what exactly it is. Reuse of a prop wouldn't be that surprising though. – Anthony Grist May 22 '16 at 14:30
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    It's a conference phone. The reason you don't see it in use in that scene? Nobody can find the IT contractor's instructions for setting up a call, and Palpatine always forgets to press # to join the meeting anyway. – rickster May 23 '16 at 2:31
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The Star Wars Encyclopedia identifies it as a "holoprojector"

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This ties in nicely with the decription of the room in the Visual Dictionary

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Interestingly, the official Star Wars CCG (Collectible Card Game) refers to it as a "Holotable"

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    @TheDarkLord - I want you to say "I'm sorry, but this answer is lacking sources" so I can reply with "I find your lack of faith disturbing" – Valorum May 22 '16 at 16:07
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    He's not accepted the answer. I think he's waving his hand going "These aren't the sources I'm looking for" – Machavity May 23 '16 at 1:07
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    "The source is strong with this one..." – Bob Jarvis - Reinstate Monica May 23 '16 at 3:32

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