Paper may be making a comeback into the office environment after loosing ground to the paperless electronic office. How you ask? A student from Kerala in India (south-west coast) has developed a method of storing data on plain sheets of A4 sized paper.
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Before anyone starts making jokes, I’m not talking about handwriting. The data is placed onto the paper in high-density geometric shapes. The technology is called Rainbow Versatile Disc or RVD and can store a whopping 90 to 450GB of data and can even playback video clips in addition to storing written data.A scanner to read the RVD has also been developed and is small enough to be integrated into notebook computers. What I don’t understand from the story is how exactly the RVD media is read. They say disc, but I have a mental image of a flat sheet of paper. Perhaps we are still talking circular discs and they will simply be scanned as they spin in the scanner. Story and image via Arab News