- The NY Times
recently ran an article about a General Electric
science and research team and their findings of storage capacity in the medium of holography.
This isn't particularly new news, given that holography has been around for ages. However, what it is new about these findings is that they can use holographic optical media to maintain data storage equivalent to 100 standard DVDs.
To quote: "This could be the next generation of low-cost storage," said Richard Doherty
, an analyst at Envisioneering, a technology research firm.
The light-pattern encoded medium, at the moment, is fairly expensive and will only be available for medical, marketing and research purposes. However, by 2011 the team is expecting mass-market breakthroughs that will see Holographic Optical Media being used as a standard-fare storage medium.
According to the article, "The recent breakthrough by the team, working at the G.E. lab in Niskayuna, N.Y., north of Albany, was a 200-fold increase in the reflective power of their holograms, putting them at the bottom range of light reflections readable by current Blu-ray machines."
So what does this mean? It means that...