Shadows in the Void
A full body RIG with health monitoring
Resource Integration Gear – a RIG, for short – is a system of integrated tools that commonly assist the wearer with communication, navigation and identification for security purposes. RIGs are extremely common among the spacefaring population and comparatively rare to those who remain planetside.
Holographic displays are used for most of the RIG’s functions, which are accessed and dismissed via a neural or physical interface.
There are two main types of RIGs, wrist mounted and full body. Wrist mounted RIGs pack less power but are cheaper and are significantly less invasive. Wrist mounted RIGs can have a neural interface via implanted contacts in the wrist which the RIG connects to, but most have physical interfaces. Full body RIGs are typically used by those who need the power, protection or extra features or don’t mind the extra weight and bulk.
The most common functions of a RIG are communication and navigation.
A RIG allows its wearer to broadcast and receive short-range (bound by all but the largest ships) audio and video feeds (called RIGlink) for direct, person-to-person communication.
RIGlink video communication
Additionally, RIGs can frequently connect into a ship’s engineering systems to provide live schematics and navigation assistance. This is displayed to the user as a colored line of light drawn on the floor or wall.
Task Force: Valkyrie uses a proprietary, confidential protocol to authenticate its agents with their Advanced Armory and many, more mundane, security systems are accessed with a RIG authentication module. Typical examples are navigation controls, engineering access, and private facilities.
Less common features
Many professions in space take place in hazardous environments and require extreme care. Personnel staffing such positions typically will have a health monitoring module installed in their RIG. This module will display the user’s overall health status as a glowing, colored bar along the user’s spine. A full, green bar represents a healthy user and a depleted, blinking red bar indicates the users’ imminent death.
For those who find themselves in dangerous locations such as nuclear reactors, planets with toxic atmospheres or moons with little-to-no protection from cosmic radiation, there are hazardous environment modules. These function much like a geiger counter, emitting a series of clicks. The faster the clicks, the closer (and more intense) the hazard.
Health and hazardous environment modules are often coordinated through a hub so that a supervisor can be kept up-to-date on the status of their employees and job sites.
Many individuals who use hazardous environment modules also have RIGs equipped with Plugins that safely allow the user exposure to dangerous materials. When combined with stasis gloves, a single operator can perform duties that might otherwise require heavy-duty machinery!