Music of the future

By Justin Hallman
December 4, 2003

The future is near in the world of multimedia, namely music. On the cusp of the controversies of illegal downloading and wrongful file sharing, an alternative source to CD’s is being developed. So throw away your walkmans, toss your CD burners in the garbage, and trash your brand new head unit, because the time has come for fingertip-sized memory tabs.

PEDOT is a clear material that conducts electricity and has been used for years as a coating on photographic film, in order to prevent static.. However, in recent years, researchers and scientists have been looking at PEDOT as a future way to store digital information. Just as in a computer, the material would contain a system of zeroes and ones in order to represent pixels and digital information.

U.S. scientists from Princeton University alongside computer experts from Hewlett-Packard have banded together to create a form of a thin film, silicon-based, electronic-like device. They claim that turning this relatively new idea and invention into something that could be commercially available may take as little as five years to launch.

These newly founded memory card-like devices would take place of CD’s permanently and could and will fit between your fingers. The devices are expected to have the capability to store more than a gigabyte of information and still be paper-thin. In addition, it would permanently store data faster and easier than it is to do on a CD.

The biggest plus people think to thin cards is that it would not involve any moving parts. For instance, for a CD to work properly, a motor drive spins the CD and a laser reads the data off of it, in order to project the music. This new card is planned to plug into an electric circuit of some sort and have the ability to directly record or export files. Higher voltages at particular points in the grid of the card would burn into a certain fuse. This burnt fuse would result in a permanent etching of your favorite song. When reading the device, the electronic circuit will read burned grids as zeroes and unburned as ones.

Posted to the web by Ryan Norris

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