I received an anonymous letter from Logan, UT recently. The undisclosed sender wrote a brief description and included a somewhat fuzzy shot (obviously taken with a long lens) of a frontloading pack design being tested at the ULA Area 51 1/2 facility (somewhere in the hinterlands of N. Utah). The following is from the letter and my analysis(in parenthesis).
The pack, (partially covered in what appears to be a spinnaker nylon tarp, supported by trekking poles, to hide from industry spies it's silhouette and full panel opening features) appears to be made of a "new, revolutionary breathable, organic woven material" ( my informant says that it is a co-development of Pertex and ULA, tentatively called Wickertex, woven from sustainibly harvested materials which promises to be easily field repairable with materials at hand).
The most notable departure in what we have come to expect from ULA suspension design is the new Skullcap ™ tumpline derived suspension system which does away with waistbelt, sternum strap and shoulder straps to allow for unhindered torso movement and ongoing cranial adjustment. (the obviously woven Skullcap material is unknown at this time but I have heard that Brian Farkle has been investing in Rocky Mtn. Goat futures and there have been ongoing rumours of beardless and obviously shaved Mountain Goats in the Wasatch).
The panel opening is unique in that it is "always open, for ventilation of contents and to improve pack reliability by doing away with the usual failure-prone zipper".
Volume can only be conjectured but I would estimate at upwards of 40L. Weight is still a closely guarded secret.
However, the tentative name for this breakthrough in backpacking design has been leaked, reportedly by Brian, himself at a local taco stand when, after eating one too many Pollo Asado Tacos, he muttered in an apparent Eureka moment, "İCapacidad!" (his Spanish is poor---he should have said, "demasiado"), since modified to "Capacitor" in keeping with his electrically minded line of load carriers.