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Monetizing concept of using paper as a data storage?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Jaykub, Jul 13, 2011.

  1. Jaykub

    Jaykub Power Member

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    hey there,
    i've recently created a concept of how to get your data and files on a sheet of paper!

    there was a few years ago an indian engineer who also used a special printer to print digital files on a paper and reread them from the paper and made them reconstruct on the computer!

    Now I found my own way of doing it (of course he kept his method secretly), do you think i can make any money of this? there are plenty of other devices which are better as a data storage such as CDs etc compared to a sheet of paper...hmmm

    what do you guys think about that?
     
  2. SyZygy

    SyZygy Senior Member

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    So, basically, something like a QR code, right?

    You can put the data on the paper from one computer, scan in on another computer and read it from there?

    Sounds good, patent it :)
     
  3. Jaykub

    Jaykub Power Member

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    yes exactly.

    the thing is, someone from india had the same idea (which influenced me...) i saw an article back in 2006 (but it popped into my mind recently again)...he had his own way and of course didn't made his method public...

    but i've found my own way to accomplish this in maybe a more cheaper way for the consumer than he ...

    does anyone know how to do a patent and stuff? never did that before ^^
     
  4. Slumba

    Slumba Newbie

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    How much storage space are you talking about?
     
  5. Jaykub

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    cannot say it at the moment, am playing around and refining things...
     
  6. SyZygy

    SyZygy Senior Member

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    This would be cool for original flyers.
    "get your template here"

    But then again, the same question, how much storage are we talking about?
     
  7. NotTheDude

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    yeah, the amount of storage is a very important question to answer.

    At least guess: 1 GB? 10GB? 50GB?

    I mean if I could back up an entire hard drive on a piece of paper from my printer/scanner and then read it with the same scanner, that would be something.

    Also this would be an interesting way to send someone a large amount of data on a few sheets of paper through the mail, especially to places with extremely low bandwidth.
     
  8. Slumba

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    so..less than a gig.

    The idea will have trouble catching on if it doesnt offer atleast a few gigs, and one downside is that ink is expensive/the paper can't be reused.
     
  9. Roparadise

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    Isn't paper to easy to get damaged compared to a flash drive? I do think its neat to store information on paper,but its not reliable and not environmentally friendly.
     
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    nougattrout Junior Member

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    I'm guessing scanner/printer resolution would be the limiting factor in no. of gigs. There only so much you can get down on the paper.

    Cool idea though. You could totally sell it to MI6 and they could encrypt messages for their spies onto paper which they would burn after loading. :D
     
  11. endorphine

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    I think you had to balance between storage density and security/reliability. And it would even out a a very low level compared with other storage media. Maybe it can survive in a niche, but I can't see a mass market application that other storage devices couldn't do far better. The general trend is "stay with ink and sink".
     
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  12. littleg2008

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    electronic paper is already in development.