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Abideen claims to have placed a 45 second video clip on a single sheet of paper, with the possibility of up to 450GB on the horizon - Image courtesy Arab News
Rainbow technology still in the works but holds promise

According to a report from the Arab News, a university technology student named Sainul Abideen has invented a method of storing massive amounts of digital data on a plain piece of paper that he claims could store many times the capacity of the best Blu-ray or HD-DVD discs. In fact, Abideen says that his Rainbow technology can enable him to store from 90 to 450GB on a piece of paper. As far as a real life demonstration of a 450GB paper goes, the technology still needs development.

Abideen, who hails from the Kerala, India, claims that that his Rainbow system is better than a binary storage because instead of using ones and zeros to represent data, Abideen uses geometric shapes such as squares and hexagons to represent data patterns. Color is also used in the system to represent other data elements. According to Abideen, all that's required to read the Rainbow prints is a scanner and specialized software.

The reporter at Arab News claims to have seen 450 pages of fully printed foolscap being stored on a 4-square inch piece of Rainbow paper. The reporter also claimed that he was shown a 45-second video clip that was stored using the Rainbow system on a plain piece of paper. Interestingly, 45-seconds of video isn't a lot, and if the Rainbow system can store up to 450GB, then we need to be watching full length high-definition videos from a piece of paper.

One of the major advantages of the Rainbow system is the fact that it should cost a lot less to produce than typical polycarbonate DVD and CD discs. Abideen claims that huge databanks can be constructed out of Rainbow-based storage mediums. Although the main attraction is cheap paper right now, other media can use the Rainbow system too.

As of right now, Abideen's system is still under research at the Muslim Educational Society Engineering College and although no major companies have expressed interest, Abideen is confident of the system's future. According to the report, Aibdeen is hard at work at developing a Rainbow scanner that would be small enough for integration into notebook computers. If developed, a Rainbow printer will likely be next up.

In other high-capacity storage news, DailyTech previously reported that Hitachi-Maxell is in the progress of producing holographic media for shipment this year. Holographic storage is one of the biggest forward-looking storage technologies and holds a great deal of promise -- as well as data.

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Beyond BS
By OCedHrt on 11/24/2006 9:03:04 PM , Rating: 0
For each symbol, you can store way more relevant bits. The only advantage to this system is that a symbol represents a certain data pattern, rather than a single bit. Almost like compression. However, to represent every single possible pattern, there will be no advantage over the binary system.

The only true benefit will be in storing certain data types that are limited to smaller subsets of the potential pattern of data. In which case you're really just applying a weak compression before storing.

RE: Beyond BS
By AlabamaMan on 11/25/2006 1:31:48 AM , Rating: 2
Whenever someone tells you they found a way to store 450GB in a 100MB bitmap, just slow walk away.

RE: Beyond BS
By JarredWalton on 11/26/06, Rating: 0
RE: Beyond BS
By Visual on 11/27/2006 7:13:10 AM , Rating: 2
what drugs are you on?

17179869184 values = 16GB of information?
since when?
2 pixels, each 4 bytes, or 64 bits of information total, can represent
1.84467441×10^19 possible values. thats way more than this 17179869184 number you come with (from where?), and it's still just 8 bytes. it's not 16GB or anything. get a grip.

try to figure out the difference between number of possible values and number of bits. 256 possible values are still just 8 bits, and 1.84467441×10^19 possible values are still just 64 bits of information, no matter how huge a number it may sound. your 17179869184 possible values are only 34 bits, not 16GB.

even more bs below the line in your post, but i hope you'll realise where you went wrong.

RE: Beyond BS
By saratoga on 11/26/2006 3:40:45 PM , Rating: 2
The only true benefit will be in storing certain data types that are limited to smaller subsets of the potential pattern of data. In which case you're really just applying a weak compression before storing.

Why was this rated 0? Its argueably the most relevent post in the entire thread.

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