It's like having a tiny CD Rom with you at
all times. Researchers at the University of Tokushima in Japan have developed a technology that uses common finger nails to store data.
The technology so far is ROM only. It uses a laser to burn tiny dots into your nail, using multiple layers stacked on top of each other to increase nail capacity.
Based on early tests, the scientists estimate that they can achieve a storage capacity of 2 Gbit per cubic centimetre of nail. Or to put it in human proportions: a nail measuring 5 by 5 by 0.1 millimetre should be good for 5 Mbits.
I see great applications for kids looking to create a cheat sheet for school. Or what about storing your favourite song on your index finger?
Of course you'd better think twice before
you reach for the nail clipper.
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