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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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He Looks Like a Terrorist
By Crazyeyeskillah on 11/25/2006 11:06:49 AM , Rating: 0
Sounds Like Muslim Propaganda. . .I liked the other new protein enzyme from snails or whatever the other new storage medium possibility was a few months back.

RE: He Looks Like a Terrorist
By Flunk on 11/25/2006 12:41:23 PM , Rating: 2
Not all Muslims are terrorists nor are all terrorists Muslim. This sort of random stereotyping is highly insulting and will not benefit anyone.

I do however, agree that combineing reglion and science is a terrible idea and that his claims of capacity seem far fetched. Say the standard has 10 shapes and 6 colours (60 combinations). If we are using an 8.5 X 11 sheet of paper we have a total of 93.5 inchs square to work with (assuming no margins at all). 450GB (3865470566400 bits) assuming 60 combinations is still 64424509440 unique shapes that will have to occupy that page. or about 689032187 per square inch. My current inkjet printer has a maximum resolution of 4800x1200 or about 5760000 dots per inch. Now each shape would need to be composed of at least 9 dots (probably more), probably much more. This means you would need a printer that is about 1076 times as accurate as this (I haven't even gotten to ink bleed or scanning this in accurately afterwards).

I don't see any way this could be feasible as a replacement for optical or magnetic storage, the density of symbols required to compete would be too high to accomplish at a lower expense than just using a DVD or hard disk.

This might be useful in developing countries where more complex storage systems are not avaialable or too expensive but these claims of storage capacity are just too overinflated.

RE: He Looks Like a Terrorist
By Wwhat on 11/25/2006 9:04:01 PM , Rating: 2
I think you just exposed yourself, he never mentioned terrorist, that was all in your mind when he mentioned muslims.
It's you that are insulting therefore.

RE: He Looks Like a Terrorist
By Wwhat on 11/25/2006 9:05:51 PM , Rating: 3
Oh, sorry, didn't read the title of his post, nm

I agree though that it sounds like some silly propaganda trying to give the impression they invented something the rest of the world could not and then not having any proof for that claim.

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