After years of trying, GE says that it has developed micro-holographic material that records data at the same speed as Blu-ray disks - using Blu-ray-type technology. This has enabled the company to build a 500GB holographic storage disk that can hold about 20 full-length Blu-ray movies.
For more on GE's new halographic disks, read Robin Harris's blog.
Why not try to marry the NASA Tractor beam technology with the holographic drive technology and get the Startrek transporter tech? What do you think?
I think Tomkinsr's confusion comes from the title, which references a 500GB "drive". The article seems to reference a single DISK that can hold 500GB.
I've gotta get me one of those! Will it fit in my basement? OK, it's a step in engineering, but it's not around the corner. Hard Disk drives, the most economical storage medium to date had gone from miniscule stoarge and gigantic size and gigantic cost to miniscule size, giganitic storage and miniscule cost. You could say that hard Disk drive storage has been evolving now for almost 60 years, if you consider the whole thing started with drum storage. So, in 15 to 20 years, this may be a viable storage medium, unless, computing changes so greatly in the same time frame that it ends up not needing storage at all.
I could be wrong here but I don't think the idea is to replace HDD's, but to improve on existing storage media that is used for retail of specific films, software and possibly as a backup media etc. Sarcasm just does not become you dude.