The RobCo PIP-Boy (Personal Information Processor) is an electronic device manufactured by RobCo Industries, using ultra-modern super-deluxe resolution graphics, which coupled with its capability to store large amounts of information and transfer data to and from holodisks and from data tubes make it the obvious choice for the wandering explorer, the out-on-his-own newbie or the all-around survivalist expert.
The Pip-Boys were standard equipment issued to all Vault-TecVaults. Some Vaults received newer models of the device, while others got older versions.
It displays information in bright green on its black 5" x 3" screen. It can record sound and video footage for later playback. It uses a simple but elegant form of sonar and satellite tracking (where available, which is far from everywhere in the post-apocalyptic world) to map out areas where its user travels. Though input is slow, a user can also hand-enter and edit text messages on their Pip-Boy 2000s. The original Pip-Boy 2000 was a hand-held device (similar to modern PDA devices), though some very cumbersome models were made to be worn on the arm. These models were unofficially called Pip-Boy 2000 Plus, and were, among others, owned by the Vault Dweller and Chosen One. A modified model was used by the Brotherhood of Steel.
The 3000 model has a built-in radio and Geiger counter. According to Wally Mack and Stanley in Fallout 3, there are several models of Pip-Boy 3000 (differentiate with a letter), each just a bit different but keeping the same appearance. The Pip-Boy 3000 features a biometric lock that can only be opened by either the user or a skilled technician.
The Pip-Boy 3000 also features a light that illuminates the area around the user, allowing them to see better in the dark.
A modification of the standard Pip Boy 3000, this extravagant solid gold model is encrusted with diamonds. It can be obtained from Mick at Mick & Ralph's in Freeside, after you complete the Omertasquests and get them to buy weapons from Mick once more. This is his reward for you, but he will switch between the two for you at any time you wish, you simply have to speak to him. The "Wild Wasteland" trait causes disco music to play whenever it is equipped (the first time and every time you switch back from the original model).
The PIP-Pad is an experimental tablet-sized version of the Pip-Boy series, mainly for reading text and high-resolution graphics. A cache of these devices was discovered after the Great War in an old RobCo warehouse by the staff of The Armageddon Rag. There are some known bugs with the text processor, and users may occasionally see some strange characters.