Daily Archives: 11/30/2005

Holographic Discs

A company formed by Maxell and Hitachi is promoting a new holographic disc which can hold 60 times the data on a current DVD. InPhase Technologies demonstrated their holographic technology last week in Tokyo, and hopes to start production of the discs in 2006.

Each disc can hold 300 gigabytes of data on a platter 13 centimeters across and a little thicker than conventional DVDs. In addition to the massive data capacity of the holographic disc, the data can be written much faster. “Unlike other technologies, that record one data bit at a time, holography allows a million bits of data to be written and read in parallel with a single flash of light,” says Liz Murphy, of InPhase Technologies. “This enables transfer rates significantly higher than current optical storage devices.”

Holiday Trains

One fun thing about the Christmas season are the holiday train sets that pop up all over the place. Here on Guam we have an annual holiday train at the Hilton which raises funds for the Make a Wish foundation. Back in St. Louis, the Missouri Botanical Garden features the Gardenland Express train and flower show. The Shaw’s Garden crew put up pictures of their exhibit’s construction which is pretty cool. But the Hilton train features a webcam and that’s a great idea – except it only works with Internet Explorer and Windows? Hello? Hello? This is 2005, not 1995 people…