Student Develops Paper Capable of 450GB of Storage
November 24, 2006 3:41 PM
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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
, 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.
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
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,
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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11/25/2006 7:46:31 AM
Paper is just a type of print, this technology is something i read about before and it's bascially about geometry.
The principle of this technique is to store information not in a planer binary map, but in a multi-dimensional space, not just 3D, any kind of dimensional space you can com up with. Shapes and colurs allow such dimensions to exist, but this kind of gemetric storage could reside within platic as well, and even if the print in this case is written on a paper, that is still not representing a depth. The medium could be anything really.
It's always intresting with new stuff, just have to wait and see what happens.
11/27/2006 2:03:25 PM
You are the only person who is not a complete and utter ignorant moron of enormous proportions.
clearly, this inventor has an enormous understanding and also design that no one on this forum even has 1% of.
It took someone like 20 posts down to begin to discuss hex and all that. See, when someone INVENTS something, that means it has not been around yet for you consuming morons of miniscule tidbits of knowledge.
11/30/2006 12:15:34 PM
This is a novel application to storing data. Whereas bits or even hex are values stored in linear fashion, using a plane (2 dimensional storage) adds spacial data that has no way of being emulated by simple hex.
You can specify in binary the existence of 10 dots by having 1111111111 as your data value, but how do you specify WHERE in the plane of that media (paper in this case) they are, and HOW they are spacially arranged? They can be in a circle, square, triangle...and then how large is the shape? These are parameters that add nearly incalculable permutations of data.
Conventional data is only 1 dimensional--stored in linear array. This is 2 dimensional data. If he were to perfect his compression algorithm
, I'd wager good money that 450GB IS MERELY THE BEGINNING.
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