The Epstein Foundation (エプスタイン財団, epusutain zaidan) is a Leman based institute dedicated to spreading orbal technologies across Zemuria. It was founded by the disciples of C. Epstein the year after his death and the institute has been the centre of orbal development ever since.
The Epstein Foundation researches and manufactures orbments, specialising in information processing and communication. The Epstein Foundation is also the sole manufacturer of battle orbments, which allow their users access to arts. Their recent Orbal Network Project also promises to be the future of orbal communication.
The death of C. Epstein in S.1154 led his most prominent disciples - Professor Albert Russell, Professor G. Schmidt and Professor L. Hamilton - to found the Epstein Foundation the year after. Shortly thereafter, the disciples each went their own way.
Albert Russell returned to Liberl and proposed the spread of orbment technology, which met a chilly reception. In S.1157, he formed a partnership with the Zeiss Clockmaker's Union and together established the Zeiss Engineering Factory (later renamed the Central Factory).
In S.1190, the Epstein Foundation announced the Orbal Network Project in an effort to develop a network in which vast quantities of information can be exchanged between computers using a series of orbal cables. While initially a joint effort between the Epstein Foundation and Liberl's Zeiss Central Factory, the IBC is currently bankrolling the project. As a result, the network is currently being tested in Crossbell City.