Technology

Cat-Man” – generic term for the exo-skeleton/man-shaped vehicle created by caterpillar and heavily modified by other companies. Used a lot in construction. It is very strong and durable. The smallest size is still a good 10’ tall. Smaller versions have not been developed due to cost of production for the smaller sized parts. The largest known cat-man is a 45’ tall version.

Eddington Fuel Cell or Eddington Cell – originally designed as a rechargeable fuel cell that could power a vehicle engine, the cell has seen variations in size to make it more of a ‘power cell’ to be used in all kinds of devices that use batteries. They are more expensive than normal batteries, but provide more power for longer periods of time. The cells can be plugged into a charge for the smaller kinds, or with an extension cord to an AC outlet for the vehicle size. The ‘Quick fill’ version of this fuel cell allows for a faster recharging time in a trade off of diminished longevity.

Dumpy Fuel Cell – in an attempt to get out of paying royalties to Eddington, Eclipse industries developed a variation of the Eddington fuel cell and patented it for use in vehicles. Several mistakes were made in the design of the item and the applications process. The least of which was the name. It was designed by a researcher named Dumphy, but a missed typo in the applications process got the item named the ‘Dumpy’ fuel cell. Add to that the fact that it was less stable and secure as the original, which caused it to explode if the casing was damaged. The Dumpy fuel cell saw a short production life. However, thousands of the cheap cells were produced and they can still be found in use despite the danger they pose.

Fuel Cell Vehicles/machines – Cars, trucks and motorcycles powered by motors designed to use a fuel cell instead of gasoline. The vehicle matches the performance of the same kind of car using gasoline, except mileage is better. Gas stations now operate with a stand of rechargers. The fee to recharge is based off of the price of the electricity used in the recharge and is more than what one would pay to charge it themselves. The fee is lower than the usual tank of gas. Across North America, roughly 80% of the vehicles are Fuel cell technology. World wide, the average is closer to 60% of vehicles use the fuel cell. Poorer and less developed countries do not have the money or the power grid to use the technology on a mass scale. Antiques, collector cars and international shipping fleets are usually still gas powered. Aircraft still use gas or jet fuel as a Fuel cell has not been developed yet that provides the power needed for sustained flight. The fuel cell has been adapted for most other gas powered engines in the US, and less so in other countries.

Gravometric Capacitors/Generators – Generators using ‘gravometric energy’; energy derived from the earths own gravity field. Developed by the Eddington Research Center. They are rather expensive, but are easy to maintain and generate a considerable amount of energy. They can be found on the rooftops of larger firms as either back-ups or as a main power source for those companies attempting to be ‘eco-friendly’.

Plasma Energy – Experiments and research abound into plasma as an energy source for a variety of uses, including vehicle power sources, weapons and space travel. Research is done in many countries by governments, commercial industry and independent laboratories. A variety of proto-type uses are in use through out the world.

Ceramic Armor – composite armors used for vehicle and personal armor. Varying degrees of protection, produced by a wide variety of manufacturers. The cost of the better armor limits the use to military units, but lesser armors are finding their ways into the police forces of the larger cities as well as some security firms. There is a black market for this of course.

Light Steel – originally called ‘Reichmetall’, this material has a new generic name. It is half the weight and thickness of steel offering the same protection or strength. Research continues into improving this material, particularly when paired with ceramics.

Gaines Collar – name for a restraining collar used on supers. It interrupts signals between the brain and body so the person cannot move. It does not affect speech, thought or sight. It is in use by many police forces and prisons in the world.

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