With the Medical Console, I wanted to follow the line of technological advancement we have set out for the humans in the Hostile Realms™ universe. I took what developments are around the corner for us today – such as smart materials; composites; mini fusion reactors and magnetic rail weaponry – and asked myself how these would look in a hundred years of so. Computing is a lot more powerful, but overall the human race started hitting hard limits without extra terrestrial help.
Have a look at some of the initial concepts and development sketches!
The Human race at this time is a juvenile species of middling intelligence on the galactic scale, given access to alien tech both hundreds of years ahead of their own, and ‘alien’ in it’s implementation. This resulted in humans trying to reverse engineer as much as they could, with varying success, in many cases practically bolting these alien engines onto their own ships and hoping they will maintain hull integrity! I feel this gives the humans a tangible sense familiarity and empathy; Striding forward, making the most of what they can develop, and hoping for the best. True underdogs. I must also mention that the humans spurned the aliens once they got access to their tech, (for better or worse, I wonder?) This has resulted in a split in the evolution of the aesthetic design of the two species.