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A sonic shower was a common hygiene device used in the United Federation of Planets. (TOS movie: Star Trek: The Motion Picture; TNG episode: "The Game"; DS9 episodes: "If Wishes Were Horses", "Wrongs Darker Than Death or Night", "Nor the Battle to the Strong", "Favor the Bold", "Extreme Measures", "The Siege of AR-558"; VOY episodes: "Juggernaut", "Day of Honor"; New Worlds, New Civilizations short story: "Tempered by the Forge")

In the mid 23rd century some Federation starships such as refit USS Enterprise had clothing transporters built in to sonic showers. Such devices could beam clothes on or off a person while they were in a shower. The devices however never gained wide acceptance in the Federation. (TOS movie: Star Trek: The Motion Picture and TOS novel: Ex Machina)

Montgomery Scott knew how to turn a sonic shower into a low-power disruptor; he once expressed to Matt Franklin upon meeting him and learning of his hero worship that the process of tuning a deflector dish into a photon torpedo was similar, in that a good engineer needed to rip devices apart and try to put them together wrong in order to see how they worked. (Star Trek novel: Engines of Destiny)


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