Data technology is the heart and soul of everything that goes on within the e-Sc@pe universe. Information is power and wealth. Whoever can acquire, store, safeguard, and sell it at the right time to the right individuals can, in theory, shape the future. For many, information is the most valuable form of currency. Society has grown and evolved around this central concept.
The Net – What once began as an experiment conducted by DARPA grew into the internet we all know and love today. However, time and technology wait for no one. Eventually, it evolved into the realm of VR, or virtual reality. A place where data could be manipulated by hand. A virtual landscape can be created and destroyed in the blink of an eye. However, there is a danger. The price of all this speed and control is vulnerability to malfunctions, or maliciousness.
Eye-Phones – A device worn over the head and eyes that tap into the human nervous system, while sending pulses of light into the eyes to provide a high level of sensory involvement to the net.
TSI Gloves – Tactile Sensory Input Gloves, used when connecting to the net to manipulate data and virtual objects inside the net. While the eye-phones can be used alone to access the net, TSI gloves provide a faster interface with better control.
Data Jack – Often cited as the ultimate Net interface. A Data Jack is a neural fiber-optic interface implanted directly into the brain. It is often located in the back of the head, at the base of the brain. Once plugged into a Net Terminal, the user can manipulate data on the net with only a thought. However, malfunction or cyber attack often leaves the user brain damaged. This interface is quite expensive to get through legal channels, most often used by corporate employees who work almost exclusively on the net. However, its use has also become a hot commodity among underground organizations. It’s often associated with data smuggling, corporate espionage, cyber attacks, etc. Those with implants are often referred to as Cyber-Jocks. They have a tendency to live fast and die hard.
Nano-Belt – This device fits into nearly every category of technology. By design, it is a multipurpose device, capable of creating, programming, and storing both nanobots and information. Powered by Type A Energium, its function largely depends upon what program or programs it is running at the time. It’s functionality is dependent upon the hardware design (and cost) of each belt. Largely used for personal information management by the general public, specialty programs can be created and used legally by those with occupations that require them, such as nanobot attack programs for soldiers, or tissue repair programs for medics. However, among those part of the underground, they are often built using whatever parts are available, safety protocols removed, and running whatever program they can create.
Wrist-Pad – A wrist sized computer worn as a gauntlet, with multifunction display that can double as a touch keypad. It can link with a nano-belt, or any other computer nearby with wireless capabilities, or via fiber optic link port on the size of the device. It also contains a miniature camera and microphone, as well as radio transmitter, allowing for real time two-way voice and video communication. While it contains decent processing capabilities and storage capacity for it’s size, it is limited by its screen size.
Data Pad – A flat, hand held general purpose computing device with a multipurpose touch screen. Capable of many functions, depending upon the software it is currently running, it comes with a fiber-optic data jack for secure, fast, high speed data transfer and connectivity to a wide range of devices. Most models include wireless networking capabilities as well for convenience. Most models come with one or more slots to accommodate data crystals for removable storage. Though they are quite similar to the tablet computing devices of today, their processing power and data storage capacity far exceed them.
Data Retrieval Unit (DRU) – A multipurpose data extraction device. It is used for extracting information from recently deceased corpses, decrypting data, interrogating prisoners, data extraction from androids or cyborgs, etc. It resembles a thick metal suit filled with various electronics, wires, and vacuum hoses connected to it.
Data Crystal – A high grade quartz crystal created in a lab using intense heat and pressure. During the creation process, temperature resistant nanobots are used to form a substrate imbedded into the crystal. A specialized laser is used to read from the crystal by using measurements of laser reflection to determine if the bit read is a one or a zero. Data is written to the crystal by using a different laser to change the reflection properties of the substrate. The crystal is rotated and the laser is repositioned as needed for reading and writing to the crystal. Various crystal shapes and different patterns of substrate layout are used in order to increase useable surface area of the substrate. The laser can use complex reflection patters as well to achieve this. They come in various lengths and thicknesses depending on the application it is needed for, cost, and capacity. Cheaper ones use a different, less expensive substrate material that only allow data to be written to once. These are typically used for selling software or legal documents due to the fact that they are extremely difficult to alter or hack. They are durable, scratch resistant, and are estimated to be able to retain data for 1,000 years under optimal conditions, and 720 years under less than ideal conditions.