This is beginning to sound like the Moller Sky Car, Duke Nukem Forever, or Digeo releasing a consumer Moxi DVR. Back in April, InPhase Technologies said they’d be announcing a holographic storage product in May. Well, now they’re saying it won’t ship until late 2009.
I first posted about holographic storage in 2005, and then again in 2007, but I’ve been reading about it for at least 10 years. Well before Blu-ray and HD DVD, back when DVD was still new and gaining ground, I was reading about holographic storage and how it was the Next Big Thing. It certainly is a promising concept, and it has worked in the lab, but that last step to commercialization seems to be a doozie.
But InPhase isn’t alone, GE’s Integrated Polymer Systems Lab has also announced a contender for the holographic storage market. Their solution uses polycarbonate discs, like CD, DVD, or Blu-ray and the holographic discs could be read in drives which could also read those formats, making it another generation of backwards compatible technology. That’s if they ever come to market, and I won’t be holding my breath.
From The Register.