Imagine, if you will, sitting in the local coffee shop waiting for your ever so tardy girlfriend to show up before your lunch break ends. Suddenly, she is right in front of you, only not in the way you had hoped. It’s a hologram, beaming straight from your cellphone right before your eyes. Her digital representative a fully rendered three dimensional image of her informing you that she will be there in 5 minutes. No, this is not science fiction - it’s the future. And the future is eye popping.
With the demands of technology growing by the second, our everyday bandwidth needs are increasing exponentially. Cisco and Verizon are both anticipating a quadruple increase in bandwidth requirements by the year 2014! This tremendous surge in our bandwidth needs can be attributed largely in part to the burgeoning 3D television market, as well as the growing use of streaming HD video.
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GE is bringing good things to digital storage. Their new technology, still in the planning stage, allows standard sized holographic discs to hold about 100 DVDs of information. The data is encoded in light patterns, then the holograms refract light patterns when a laser is shined on them. While this technology has been around since the 60s, InPhase Technologies (part of Bell labs) has announced that they will be using $18,000.00 machines to introduce the system for video and storage of medical images.
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