4. Does one have to be in physical contact with it in order to exploit its intended function(s)?
Hook, line, and sinker.........
11. In order to function as intended, does this object require another object, substance, or physical source of media, that then, in turn, will be exploited, altered, or "read" by this object?
12. Does its intended functions have anything to do with producing or maintaining hot or cold temperatures?
Man, I am chomping at the bit to ask my next question! I think I may know the item. But I am imposing on myself a one question a day limit if nobody else asks a question during that time.
By the way, newcomers to the game welcome at any time. With 12 questions already answered in this round, much of the table has already been set for you. Good luck!