Thursday, April 21, 2011

A-Z Fallout lore

R is for RobCo

RobCo Industries was one of the largest pre-War manufacturers of consumer and military electronics, computer systems and robots in the United States. Even today the name RobCo is known to every scavenger and tech-savvy wastelander. Most of the more advanced technologies remaining in the wasteland were produced by the company or one of its subsidiaries, and virtually all computer terminals still in working order run on RobCo’s Unified Operating System. Founded in the mid-21st century, RobCo quickly became one of the most powerful corporations in the world, further increasing its dominance by numerous successful joint ventures and takeovers. Partnered with General Atomics International, RobCo cornered the consumer robotics market with the Protectron and Mr. Handy models, while distributing Securitron and Mr. Gutsy robots to the US military, as well as the Stealth Boy personal stealth devices. Later acquisitions such as REPCONN Aerospace broadened the company’s product range to include aerospace technology. But no doubt the most successful partnership RobCo forged was their collaboration with Vault-Tec, the company contracted by the US government to design and produce the enormous Vault fallout shelter project. RobCo created several of the Vault systems, among them the vault dwellers’ personal information processors, the Pip-Boy 2000 and 3000 series. As most of this electronic equipment and machinery has withstood the passage of time and century-long neglect remarkably well, forgotten or deserted Vaults and RobCo factories can thus be veritable treasure troves for entrepreneuring scavengers.

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