[rumori] pho: IDG: Stickers-RW?

From: Don Joyce (djATwebbnet.com)
Date: Tue Jan 23 2001 - 14:07:19 PST

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>So, while everyone's bemoaning the plummeting value of digital content, it
>appears the decline of the container itself is next (or at least
>generational/market perceptions of the worth of object v contents). One
>would assume, the DIY sticker-samzidat equivalent of the EZ Bake Oven for
>kids would follow w/in a few years. Would give new meaning to the concept of
>home-taping, eh?
>And don't you wonder what your pants would sound like or what movies your
>shirt would show if, say, Gaultier got his hands on a few bolts of the
>January 23, 2001, 05:50
>Researchers test adhesive tape as storage medium
>by Rick Perera, IDG News Service\Berlin Bureau
>BERLIN - German and American scientists are working to develop a new
>information storage technology using ordinary commercial adhesive tape as a
>medium. Private European Media Laboratory GmbH (EML) and Stanford University
>have signed a three-year cooperation contract, the EML announced in a
>statement Monday. A chief goal will be to work together on the storage
>development and EML expects the project to take about five years to develop.
>EML researcher Steffen Noehte discovered some three years ago that the
>polymer structure of "tesa Multi-Film" brand adhesive tape is well suited as
>a holographic data medium, the laboratory said. The technique, similar to
>that used to burn a CD, modifies the optical properties of the tape using a
>laser. It can store data on any individual layer of the tape without
>unwinding the roll or disturbing other layers, meaning as much as 10G bytes
>of data can be written on a single roll.
>The laboratory said the new technology is superior to current CD drives, for
>example, because it is the laser beam that rotates, rather than the storage
>medium, helping avoid potential balance problems. This technique enables
>high-speed rotation and thus the high data-transfer rates which are required
>to record and play back video films, for example.
>EML scientists are working with Stanford electrical engineering professor
>Lambertus Hesselink, an expert on optical and holographic data storage, to
>further the project, titled "OptiMem." The partners in the project hope to
>develop a "compact and affordable" storage medium for applications such as
>pocket computers and digital video cameras. They even envision a data-storage
>sticker, a modified adhesive film onto which tiny individual holograms are
>written. It holds about 250 times as much information as a standard bar code,
>the researchers said, and could be used as secure identification for products.
>EML, in Heidelberg, Germany, can be reached at http://www.eml.org/. The
>Stanford electrical engineering department, in Stanford, California, is at
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