Wow, even if this is nowhere near ready for prime time, it's pretty impressive stuff. Not being a scientists, I am amazed by the way researchers are manipulating matter and materials to create something like this. As you say, the liquid they've created is impressive enough, and the potential for data storage is a bit mind blowing at the moment. I wonder how far we really are until this type of thing is a reality.
@Elizebeth: Things do change very quickly. It actually changes its pattern overnight. It's hard to predict what will be the next step but what I'm fascinated on is how the human brain grabs all these things and throws out the output. It's the humans who decide on these developments.
I wrote about the DNA based storage (http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=2583010 on this site last year. As with many of these approaches, they all seem to be 5 to 10 years away. It is one thing to increase density. It is another to provide a fast way to read the information. Even standard 3.5" disk drives for PCs and servers are available at your local electronics store in 4GB sizes. These are not very expensive (under $200 for standard speed, and under $250 for higher speed drives). I know there are limits to the exising technology, but they seem to be very large. I expect many of these technologies, like DNA storage, are going to be good for long term, off-line storage. Believe it or not, but in many cases tapes are still used for this purpose.
I agree. Today's drives seem to be stable in terms of function and storage capability. I'm quite interesting in seeing data as it relates to the liquid substance storing bits of data. Quite and interesting concept in new materials and their ability to store bits and bytes of digital data.
I agree. It is amazing that such a liquid material has the capability of storing binary data.Another question that comes to mind is the liquid material's longevitiy to retain the binary data. Floppy disk's data retention were several years before the bits and bytes of data started detaching its self from the storage media.
"Two material scientists, Sharon Glotzer and David Pine, are on a mission to create the world's first, which should prove to allow for mega data densities. Their current calculations estimate that one teaspoon of this liquid data would be able to store 1 TB of data. That's science fiction-level impressive. This research is still at its infancy; there is no working prototype."
Cabe, great. I think it will be get productized very soon. Instead of carrying big SSD and external hard disk, just carry a one or two table spoon of liquid hard drive
"I agree. It is amazing that such a liquid material has the capability of storing binary data. Another question that comes to mind is the liquid material's longevitiy to retain the binary data. Floppy disk's data retention were several years before the bits and bytes of data started detaching its self from the storage media."
Mrdon, Cabe explained that it's in fantasy stage. So such questions are not valid. In practical there may be many issues like liquid structure can be change at instance and hence the order of data storage can also be change.
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