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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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Trees being cut down fast enough already
By tigz1218 on 11/27/2006 1:24:58 AM , Rating: 1
Im not a stupid tree hugger so dont flame me please. But seriously with all these environmental issues today I really dont think using paper would be a good idea. Think about all the CDs and DVDs now if all of these were paper I dont think think this would be good....just my thought but Im prolly wrong and going to get flamed by all of you.




By Live on 11/27/2006 4:27:26 AM , Rating: 2
Well trees being cut down are not really the problem. The problem is that they are not replanted at the same rate as they are being used. Trees are a renewable resources as long as we get proper laws in place that requires that you plant enough trees to replace the ones you use.

Oil on the other hand is not renewable in the way we use it today. Oil is what is used to make CD/DVD so they are much more harmful to the environment then paper.

If you read the article you would also learn that this tech doesn’t involve paper per se. Its printing that is required. But you can print on many materials like plastic, metal etc if you think its better.


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