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Blu-Ray disc made out of paper released

Written by Petteri Pyyny (Google+) @ 15 Apr 2004 14:36 User comments (17)

Blu-Ray disc made out of paper released Sony and TOPPAN PRINTING have announced that they've managed to develop a Blu-Ray -compliant optical disc made out of paper. Companies plan to announce specific details at the Optical Data Storage 2004 conference later this month.
The disc structure is 51 percent made out of paper and thus allows, according to TOPPAN, "high level of artistic label printing" and also is very easy to destroy as it can be cut exactly like normal, although slightly thicker, paper. A Blu-Ray disc can hold appx. 25 gigabytes on a single layer, single-sided disc and the format has been available already for over a year now. The format is backed by the major consumer electronics companies, but faces stiff competition from other emerging optical disc standards that also utilize blue-laser technology rather than the more traditional red laser technology used in CDs and DVDs.

Source: JCN Network

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17 user comments

115.4.2004 16:07
Noel
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Sounds like burning a disc will take on a completly new meaning!

215.4.2004 17:35

Quote:
very easy to destroy
isnt the point of media to preserve data?

315.4.2004 21:08

They never cease to amaze me.

415.4.2004 22:06
offsider
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Gives the BURNIG a CD a new meaning

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 15 Apr 2004 @ 22:07

516.4.2004 2:55

Quote:
isnt the point of media to preserve data?
The point is that destroying data willingly is much easier, as you can use a normal shredder to destroy the disc. In offices when old and redundant data is destroyed, it is normally a problem, as even the redundant data can and normally does contain business secrets, confidential information about finances, etc.

616.4.2004 7:13

Yea, also gives "ripping a DVD" new meaning as well:-) Looks like we're gonna have to change our vocabulary otherwise we might be in BIG trouble!

716.4.2004 8:08

This news will make the environmental friendly people happy. Sounds like the discs will be biodegradble or at least partially.

817.4.2004 9:17
pcshateme
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what if they get wet?

917.4.2004 23:35

QUOTE: bird1234 ---------------------------------------------- This news will make the environmental friendly people happy. Sounds like the discs will be biodegradble or at least partially. ---------------------------------------------- I DOUBT IT!!! as the amount of trees needed for the WHOLE worlds discs is beyond comprehension!!! there goes the last bit of rain forest!

1018.4.2004 9:18
pcshateme
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lol- i seriously hope that toppan only did this as an experiment because it seems rather foolish to me to make these- i mean there worthless if they get, bent, wrote on, cut, wet, and bio degrade.

1118.4.2004 11:04
offsider
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It looks to me that the anouncment was made on the April fools day

1221.4.2004 5:28

Quote:
I DOUBT IT!!! as the amount of trees needed for the WHOLE worlds discs is beyond comprehension!!! there goes the last bit of rain forest!
I believe generally the tree situation is improving. Most of the big legitamit logger companies are now planting two new trees for every one they cut down. They are also not allowed to cut a tree down until it reaches a certain level of maturity. I think we will get our tree situation under control. Im not quite sure about the implications of this new HD DVD disc. It will most likely have some sort of coating on it, as any paper is likely to burn with a powerful laser on it. Went and checked there: Will be composed of 51% paper. Here's what the big bosses say:
Quote:
"Using printing technology on paper allows a high level of artistic label printing on the optical disc. Since a paper disc can be cut by scissors easily, it is simple to preserve data security when disposing of the disc."
and
Quote:
"Since the Blu-ray Disc does no require laser light to travel through the substrate, we were able to develop this paper disc. By increasing the capacity of the disc, we can decrease the amount of raw material used per unit of information."
The main Reason behind it: The worldwide production of optical discs is approximately 20 billion unites per year, and optical discs are being adopted widely. The combination of paper material and printing technology also is expected to lead to a reduction in cost per disc and will expand usage.

1321.4.2004 5:35

Nice See-Through Disc:

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1421.4.2004 5:38

Hmm, I think these new discs might be a fire hazard, especially after a few coasters people get pissed off and decide to take out their lighter. . .


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151.6.2004 18:28

I wonder what the absorbancy factor is for these disks? I dont see this type of media being a big hit except for maybe offices. Even then how many companies who store their data on CD are going to trust their coffee drinking employees not to spill anything on the disks. I mean that is why companies invest in servers. On a plus note: this media will work for pirates. The cops are coming! QUICK! FLUSH THE DISKS!

161.6.2004 18:46
pcshateme
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if the discs are mostly paper what prevents them from warping when they spin at high speeds causing reading errors.

171.6.2004 22:29

hi all yes this paper disc reminds me of some type of hoax? if it wasnt for the evidence given on this i wouldnt tend to believe this is our future! but hey life can be stranger than fiction! good-day afterdawners BURN ON PEEPS!

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