The Hyron Project, also related/referred to as the Organic Computational Matrix Project, abbreviated as OCM, is an advanced network of quantum computers, slaved to human drones, first mentioned in Deus Ex: Icarus Effect and appearing in Deus Ex: Human Revolution and its DLC, The Missing Link.
Note: For tips on defeating the Hyron Project, see Zhao Yun Ru.
A single Hyron Project consists of an enormous quantum supercomputer (Hydra) fused to multiple human beings (Drones) that have been heavily modified to connect with the Hydra. The Drones allow the supercomputer to think abstractly, store huge amounts of data and be somewhat self-aware.
Drones are produced through a painful and deadly process. They are first hand-picked from the population due to genetic predispositions that make them more likely to fuse with the Hydra. Upon being selected, they have their spinal cord severed and replaced with the proper ports to connect, but this has an overwhelmingly high failure rate. The few that do survive past the operation are inserted into metal pods, where they contribute to the project as a whole. Due to the same glial tissue rejection syndromes that most augmentees suffer, even the drones that survive surgery rarely live more than a year. In the Rifleman Bank Station, Jensen uses holographic storage drives to see projections of where the Hydras are plotted.
Though it is unofficially mentioned in some e-mails on computers in the Tai Yong Medical 4th floor office level, the Hyron Project is first officially mentioned during A Matter of Discretion side mission when Adam Jensen questions Mengyao, an associate of Hugh Darrow, about the information on the datachip he recovered. She tells him that it contains the data on Panchaea's advanced computer system, the Hyron Project.
In The Missing Link, Adam Jensen boards the Rifleman Bank Station, a Belltower-owned compound in the Pacific Ocean. After investigating, he finds hundreds of prisoners kept in cells, then some bloodied operating rooms. After finding Pieter Burke's prosthetic eye and using it to enter the bottom levels of the RBS, Adam finds several men and women in the process of becoming Hyron Drones - their vertebrae are removed, and a port is seen being implanted into their back for them to attach to the Hydra. Tiffany Kavanagh tells him that the RBS is where both the machinery necessary for a Hyron Project and the drones themselves are assembled. Kavanagh may or may not survive, but if she does she leaves for the mainland to be a whistleblower on the Illuminati's corrupt actions.
Much later, once Adam arrives on the Panchaea installation to shut down Darrow's broadcast, Hugh informs him that it can be done from the broadcast center, at base of the installation, but the Hyron is the security system protecting it, able to adapt to new situations almost instantly. Eventually though, he can be convinced to give up the deactivation code for the life support system to Jensen. When Adam arrives in the Hyron Project chamber, he discovers that it is indeed a very advanced computer network - but its operational status depends on three human females connected to it via special interface suits.
Before having further time to examine it, Zhao Yun Ru appears and connects herself to the Hyron in an attempt to control it, and alter Darrow's broadcast to the Illuminati specifications. But the system doesn't recognize her biochip, and so she cannot take full control of it. However, she does manage to activate the defenses, consisting of turrets and security bots. Adam is forced to deactivate Zhao's defenses by either eliminating the female drones directly or using Darrow's deactivation code to "purge" the drones, opening her chamber and rendering her vulnerable (or simply by shooting through the chamber door with the laser rifle).
- The large pods that Hyron drones are suspended in place them in a position heavily resembling that of Icarus, which was often seen in early trailers of the game.
- The female drones appear to be suspended in some form of hallucination, most likely brought on by interfacing so directly with such a powerful computer system.
- Messages read on Panchaea's computers and pocket secretaries usually begin with "wE\Us have received your request" and have some random note at the end of them, clearly brought on by this interface.
- The Hyron relies heavily on Tai Yong Medical tech, evident by the blueprints in Zhao's penthouse in Hengsha, and the interface suit in a display case there.
- The Hyron Project may be a cross-fiction reference to Minority Report, where three "precogs" connected to a computer and—in a somewhat nightmarish existence—form a hive mind that forsees future murders.
- The Hyron Project method of combining a supercomputer with a human mind could be seen as a precursor to Bob Page's (and later JC Denton's) attempt to merge with the AI Helios in the first Deus Ex game.