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AlphaWare: Bleeding Edge

Post by Assurance » Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:45 am


The Bleeding Edge.

Technology:Timepiece. Aerial.

Clothing:StreetWear. Mapmaker.

Lifestyle:Noir. TacPack.

Misc:Voltiak.

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Timepiece

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The flagship of AlphaWare's first line of products, the Timepiece 01 glass laptop is the future of personal computing. Made from a highly durable silicon composite, the transparent glass appears 'blank' when the computer is off, but functions identically to a more outdated laptop when charged and on.

The Timepiece features a keyboard made from reinforced plastic and rubber, making it significantly lighter than all other competing laptop brands. It can be folded up to close the computer, making it compact enough to transport. It also ships with AlphaWare's proprietary processing chips, graphics cards, and other hardware, as opposed to inferior outsourced models.

Though the Timepiece features a charging port, it can also be charged by inserting a Voltiak bio-cell battery, another of AlphaWare's innovations, meaning it won't run out of charge even if there's nowhere to plug in, so long as you have enough batteries.

AlphaWare has also developed the Timepiece 02, in partnership with Armagear, a weapons manufacturing company. This model features a highly durable titanium alloy case, plus handle, and is primarily marketed as a military laptop, as it can be transported easily in dangerous situations. However, it is available for civilian consumption, if at a higher price tag.

The Timepiece 01 can be bought for $2,200, and the 02 for $4,000.

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Voltiak

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Considered the 'flagship innovation' of up-and-coming tech company AlphaWare, the 'Voltiak' battery is a new sort of miniature power source, which makes use of bioelectric charge.

Often simply referred to as the 'bio-cell,' a Voltiak battery is a vast improvement on the traditional miniature power sources. Firstly, the 'lifetime' of a single charge is far longer than any other battery on the market. Secondly, the battery input on all Voltiak-compatible devices is universal, and the batter itself around as small as an AAAA battery, meaning there's no need to buy six different sizes and shapes of battery for your different devices.

The primary draw of a Voltiak, however, is simple. It can self-recharge. Designed to emulate living organisms that produce their own bioelectricity, the Voltiak battery can generate its own charge without needing to be plugged into an outlet. The recharge rate is rather slow, though faster if left in the sun. However, given the extremely long charge lifetime, one is simply able to buy two sets of batteries, and use one until they burn out. The, switch to their second set. By the time those burn out, the original set will have recharged fully.

Due to their unusual shape, most modern devices do not support the Voltiak battery. However, all AlphaWare and Armagear products do, and there is much discussion among larger tech companies about switching to Voltiak inputs for their next generation of products.

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Noir

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Compared to the innovative computer and phone designs that AlphaWare opened their doors with, the 'Noir' backpack might seem like an anticlimax. In some ways, it is. However, the design innovates on mundane backpacks in a way that more than justifies the $65 price tag.

Rather than being made from canvas, like many bags, the exterior of the Noir is actually hard, molded plastic. To the touch, it feels more like a suitcase. There are also no zippers, which are prone to breaking or jamming if used too often. Instead, when the switch on the back of the bag is activated, the 'shell' can be folded up, and items placed inside.

The bag's straps can be loosened or tightened, and two horizontal straps are attached to keep it tighter if the contents are especially heavy. It's also significantly more compact and lightweight than most other bags, while being spacious enough to hold any number of items. The interior features a laptop slot, as well as containers for a water bottle or thermos.

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TacPack

Post by Assurance » Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:51 am

ImageThe AlphaWare Tactical Backpack is a perfect piece of equipment for a person on the go. Stylish, compact and efficient, it incorporates the utilitarian gear design of Armagear with the aesthetic elements of AlphaWare tech.

The 'TacPack' has four main pouches. Defying typical design norms, the largest pouch is actually the thinnest. It's designed for the storage of portable computers, books, or other files, not large objects. Pouches two and three are wider, and fit anything from guns and ammo to trail rations and water bottles. The smallest pouch is meant for miscellaneous items, small enough that they'd get lost in the other sections.

An irregular strap design was implemented to optimize the TacPack for single-shoulder carry, which allows greater maneuverability without putting undue stress on either shoulder. The straps and various clips are designed to allow a variety of items to be attached to the bag's exterior as well, including coils of rope and communications equipment. The philosophy behind its design was to create the perfect 'bug-out bag,' a goal AlphaWare has more than succeeded in achieving.

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Aerial

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The second major innovation in personal computing tech from AlphaWare, the Aerial smartphone makes use of the tech group's proprietary glass computing technology.

Featuring a futuristic, transparent glass background, the Aerial can be seen through when not 'on.' Indeed, certain backgrounds simply leave it mostly transparent even while active, so one can see through it while in use. The phone can be unlocked with several methods- a fingerprint scanner, voice-recognition feature, and a direct password input. However, a small attachment (sold separately) can be attached to the 'home button' that makes it function normally while disabling the fingerprint scanner.

The innovative glass computing tech aside, the Aerial is a significant improvement on older smartphone designs. The processing power is nearly tripled, and the battery life lasts much longer than older phones, as it makes use of AlphaWare's Voltiak bio-cell batteries.

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StreetWear

Post by Assurance » Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:54 am

ImageThe streets are more dangerous than they've ever been. Monsters and metahumans roam the world's urban sprawls, looking for their next victim. Be prepared, with AlphaWare's new line of tactical clothing- StreetWear.

Designed for free-runners and urban explorers, the StreetWear line blends the style and flexibility of AlphaWare's more mundane clothing, with Armagear's world-famus body armor designs. The weapons manufacturing company consulted on the StreetWear line's design, resulting in top-line models that incorporate full-on body armor. Others make use of impact-resistant ballistic weave.

Consistent across every entry in the StreetWear line is a hood. Useful for keeping the sun out of your eyes, protecting you from the elements, and- perhaps most crucially -obscuring your identity from watching digital eyes, the hood features a distinctive downward-facing 'arrow.' Though they're not a part of the clothes themselves, the StreetWear line's outfits almost all come with gloves, belts, and utility pouches, for carrying whatever gear you need during your outings.

The StreetWear line also features various tactical backpacks and messenger bags, designed for efficiency and portability, ensuring your gear will always be on-hand without becoming a hindrance.

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Mapmaker

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Designed to revolutionize protective hazardous-environment gear, Grail's 'Mapmaker' helmet is well-worth the $4,000 price tag.

Providing a robust graphic user interface, the Mapmaker fully scans the user's environment, recording a full topographical map of their surroundings. It makes use of a sonar pulse to 'see' through walls, in a fashion similar to echolocation. The helmet's exterior is also fitted with a flashlight, allowing for the navigation of dark spaces. The helmet's interior is climate-controlled, preventing overheating in hot or humid environs.

The Mapmaker's GUI is fitted with a radio uplink, allowing multiple Mapmaker units or mundane radios to communicate across long distances. It also features an integrated data-stream, which provides useful intelligence or simply breaking news, so long as it's connected to a satellite or wireless network.
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