I'm gonna guess more like "Ferrengi Rep" coming soon.
Think about it; Cryptic is quick to use existing assets before making new ones...so it makes perfect sense that differnt levels of rep (from mining, etc) would give you discounts, access to a 'Very Uber Purple" Energy whips, etc.
Kinda like what the tuffli gives you from the get-go.
I've had it get stuck active when attacked during mining on Nukara. It's just attached to your arm as you run around shooting things, swinging the laser everywhere. Too bad it doesn't do any actual damage though.