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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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Expanding the idea
By 7DrFunk7 on 11/27/2006 10:01:33 AM , Rating: 2
Sure, this is the start of a great idea. Think of it, companies being able to trasfer data in mass storage on a piece of paper. But the problem is that paper is not very reliable for storage considering how fragile it is.

I think it would be more reasonable if a program was created that allowed data to be converted to his type code and then put on a CD or DVD. Then once data is transfered it can be convereted back to its original type of data.

This is the same idea of compressing files but in a more effective manner.

Also the code he is using is the same idea of quantaum computers except a quantaum proccessor use numbers like 1,2,3,4,5,6 to convert data instead of colors and shapes.

RE: Expanding the idea
By jwilson02 on 11/27/2006 8:54:22 PM , Rating: 2
ok lets say tht a circle repesents 0101, a square represents 0110, a square in a circle represents 0011, a red square is 1001, a red circle is 1100, a red circle in a blue square is 0011.. ok so wht is going on here? a circle with 1 color represents a half byte, a circle with 6 colors gives 6 bytes. and samewith a square. Now, circle in a square with six colors give 6 new bytes for one color if both same color, so 2^6 combination of colors and 6x that. so 384 new bytes right there. now that is just two shapes...if three shapes involved then 3^6 just for colors not mentioning orientation of objects... for instance circle in squre in triangle or triange in circe in square...get my drift....i think ai software algorithms would fit nicely in this type of software compression

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