Superman crystals that will store your data, whatever next?

22 Mar

Tired of running out of data backup space?  With Superman Crystals (or 5D as it is being called), you might not have to worry about running out of space ever again!

If you were amazed by the cutting-edge technology of the bending/flexible smartphones from the likes of LG and Samsung, we wonder what you will think about the latest data storing structures in glass.  Yes, your heard us correctly!  While the world is still in awe over smartphones that bend and truly smart homes, researchers have been working on something even more impressive: “Superman” crystals that actually store data.

Crystal data for a billion years or more

Superman crystals work much the same as the memory crystals seen in the Superman movies, (sadly without the superhero powers), and are the brainchild of scientists and researchers at the University of Southampton in the UK.

According to the scientists working on the project, the crystals are expected to store data for longer than the average computer hard drive – a few billion years longer in fact!

The Superman crystals are manufactured into small glass discs that can each store at least 360 terabyts of data.  The prototypes have already been successfully used to save ancient documents including the likes of The Bible and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, proving the value in this technology for institutions and organisations with vast amounts of data to store.

Five Dimensions

The scientists have developed special optical and polarized readers / devices, similar to Polaroid in sunglasses, to view the data, which is recorded using a sophisticated laser.  These devices encode the data into 5 dimensions of nanostructures, namely length, height and width, as well as orientation and position – hence the name 5D.

There has been a great deal of discussion about the direction of 5D development and what it will mean for businesses going forward.  At this stage the development team are currently seeking out industry partners who can assist with developing the technology and making it a commercial product.

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