November 27, 2006

DON’T COUNT PAPER OUT YET: I’ve written before on the virtues of paper as an information-storage system, but here’s something that sounds really cool:

Files such as text, images, sounds and video clips are encoded in “rainbow format” as coloured circles, triangles, squares and so on, and printed as dense graphics on paper at a density of 2.7GB per square inch. The paper can then be read through a specially developed scanner and the contents decoded into their original digital format and viewed or played. The encoding and decoding processes have not been revealed.

Using this technology an A4 sheet of paper could store 256GB of data. In comparison, a DVD can store 4.7GB of data.

Paper: The information storage technology of the future! Er, as long as all of this doesn’t turn out to be some kind of scam, anyway.