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Christo [PCD]
Fri Dec 01 2006, 03:44PM
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Please read the news item before posting in this thread.

Link to news item > Student Develops Paper Capable of 450GB of Storage
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PlaceboZA
Fri Dec 01 2006, 04:10PM
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Well, paper usually does store data. When I write a letter on a piece of folio, I get maybe 1kb on it

But 450GB is something ELSE!
Woah.
Seems a bit unlikely to me though. That's a lot of data.
And using my scanner to watch a movie doesn't sound like a good idea.

BTW, imagine the heartache if the dog gets it, or it gets wet?

[EDIT]
BTW, doesn't this remind you of those microfiche thingies? Only we want to store machine readable data on it this time?
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Christo [PCD]
Fri Dec 01 2006, 04:43PM
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Yeah, imagine your cleaning lady throws it or you spill your coffee!
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Morgue[FLB]
Sun Dec 03 2006, 05:02PM
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Sounds perfectly feasible to me.

I've been involved with barcode printing in the past. Not just the standard single-row (one dimensional) barcode that most of us are familar with (which you can see on the back of your tube of toothpaste) but also two-dimensional barcodes that store data in a grid-like pattern.

At the time, I was surprised at how much data could be stored in such a small image, and I guess this technology is just an extension of that.

Now, if they could make the paper rewriteable...
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AiKePaH[ZM]
Sun Dec 03 2006, 11:23PM
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That's easy to do morgue! Just get some White Out stuff or a white marker! You can cover up the barcodes:P
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SpEks
Sun Dec 03 2006, 11:36PM
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Aike LOL! But this system of storing stuff on paper can be damaged so easily...The morning coffee, getting crumpled up, even a slight fold could destroy the data...Sounds a bit dodgy to me. I'll stick with my Flash Disk thanks!
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PlaceboZA
Mon Dec 04 2006, 09:10AM
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I think they'll decide to go rather with something like microfiche thingies - plastic sheets, not paper.
But the idea still applies - not just using 1s and 0s, but incorporating new dimensions into the data

Morgue: Two dimensional barcodes aren't quite the same, as here the guy wants to employ colours and shapes. That would vastly improve things. I'm more worried about the speed of reading and using it.
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AnnaMae
Mon Dec 04 2006, 09:13AM
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Placebo worked for a company called scantrack, they made use of 2D barcodeing as well. They stored everything from photos, fingerprints... on the tiny square. very impressive!
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Hawk
Mon Dec 04 2006, 10:33AM
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Who would want to store data on a piece of paper anyway? - just think of all the different back ups you had have to make just in case a piece of paper get folded or something...
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Morgue[FLB]
Mon Dec 04 2006, 10:17PM
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Ha, you people are funny.

SpEks and Hawk: Redundancy is typically built into the printed data pattern. For example, I've seen examples of 2D barcodes that had pens puncture the paper (pushed right through the barcode), and the data was still accessible.

Placebo: I know that the colours and shapes change the dynamics of the technology - that's why I said "this technology is just an extension of that".

The major problem with this storage technology is it's read-only nature. Then again, maybe they will make use of radio-frequency ink (it changes depending on signals it gets - this is actually rather an old technology )
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