Close Range Immediate Molecular Displacement and Reconstruction, shortened to CRIMODAR and the more popular term flashing, was a newer technology developed by the Marso-Deka Corporation.
The CRIMODAR device was capable of disassembling matter into digital information, transferring it through fibre-optic cable, and reassembling it into its original form on another CRIMODAR pad. Due to the sheer volume of digital information required to make transfers, the CRIMODAR pads had to be linked together by fibre-optics of the most sophisticated design.
In use, departing objects would be surrounded by a transfer statis field, resulting in a thin crackle of air as the pads warmed up. The molecular deconstruction happened in less than a nano-second, resulting in the flash of light upon which the term 'flashing' and 'flashpad' was coined.
Molecular reconstruction happened in much the same way. Matter was reconstructed with a flash of light, and the air crackled with visible static discharge as the receiving pad's statis field was dissolved.
People described the sensation of being 'flashed' differently. Some only felt a minor tickling, while others felt as if their skin, even their insides, were crawling with insects. It took time getting used to.
Flashpads were originally used in large, bulk freighter spacecraft, in transporting goods throughout large manufacturing and storage facilities, and in surface-to-space transfer of material from planets to orbital platforms.
Later, flashpads would be implemented into biomatter transport. They saw their first use as human transportation devices in 2193, when they were implemented into the design for the prototype dreadnaught spacecraft, the Sovereign-Class Astro Destroyer.