1TB Holographic Storage Disk is Coming!

26 07 2007

Yes, you read that right!

1TB or One Tera Byte or 1000GB or One Thousand Giga Byte or unbelievble storage capacity on a Blu-Ray Disk!

It is possible according to the latest research as per this article.

A group of scientists working together with the Institute of Optics and Optical Technologies at the Technical University of Berlin claim to have discovered a way to store 500GB worth of data on DVD-sized discs.

And the discs may be available sooner than one imagines it can be possible. Thanks to the holographic techniques, namely – Microholography, being used to develop this beauty with monsterous capacity for data storage.

Wow… wow… wow and WOW! Can’t wait to store all of my hard disk and more on a disk that can be carried around! What about you, guys? 🙂

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Niagra Falls minted on a Holographic Coin

22 07 2007

A Regina (Canada) based artist has helped the national mint solve design problems on their latest collection of collector coins that have a hologram of the Niagra Falls featured on its one side!

Regina artist Chris Jordison is making a big splash with his design on the colour photographic hologram which graces the Royal Canadian Mint’s latest series of collector coins. These coins are the latest in a series that celebrates Canadian technical achievements.

Jordison was commissioned by the mint to create a collector series coin design for a $30 sterling silver coin and a $300 14-karat gold version. This is the second time the Regina-based illustrator and graphic designer’s work has graced the backs of mint-issued coins. In 2005 his design of the Western Red Lily was selected in competition for use on a limited edition pure gold coin.
Canada.com

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Niagara Falls has been minted again.

For the first time since 2003, the image of the falls has been put on Canadian currency with a new, $30 holographic coin.

Designed by Saskatchewan artist Chris Jordison, the Royal Canadian Mint sterling silver coin depicts a colour, panoramic view of the Horseshoe Falls with the engraving of a camera. The flip side features an image of Queen Elizabeth II by Canadian artist Susanna Blunt.

The coin is released as a limited edition of 15,000, and retails for $84.95.
NiagraFallsReview.ca





Lippmann Authentication Hologram from DNP/Sony PLC

16 07 2007

This press release issued in Tokyo talks about a new kind of animated hologram that is being launched to counter counterfeit products.

Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (DNP) and Sony PCL Inc. (Sony PCL,) are pleased to announce the start of made to order production of a new Lippmann hologram for security uses, which is capable of storing dynamic picture images, including animation and live-action created with stereogram technology. The newly developed hologram has the capacity to store in excess of 100 image frames on a single hologram, and because it is extremely difficult to counterfeit, is effective in helping to discriminate between genuine and counterfeit goods via uses including certification seals on genuine products.

 Source: http://www.japancorp.net/Article.asp?Art_ID=14813





Fake Visas racket busted in India

16 07 2007

The Delhi (India) Police has recently busted a major fake visa racket and confiscated fake passports and visas from a person who is allegedly into making fake visas, stickers and holograms etc.

The Police raided his hideout and confiscated a lot of incriminating material that includes the man’s laptop, a spare hard disk, one scanner and printer, fake dies and holograms etc.

It is amazing as to how the fake passports and visa business thrives in a country like India that is on an impressive and consistent growth path. The Government needs to be more vigilant and the judiciary system quicker and merciless to bring the culprits to book so that the nefarious practices of the counterfeiters may be curbed.





€50 most faked Euro Note

13 07 2007

Interesting piece on how counterfeiters are having a field day by floating fake Euro notes.

The 50 euro banknote was the most widely faked euro note in the first half of 2007, accounting for half of all fake euro notes taken out of circulation, according to the European Central Bank.

The 100 euro note accounted for 20% of the fake notes, while the 20 euro note accounted for 15%. The smallest and the largest denominations were the least faked, with the five euro note and the 500 euro note accounting for a mere 1% of the total. Meanwhile, 10% of the fakes were 200 euro notes and 3% were 10 euro notes.

The report says that holograms are being used to distinguish counterfeit notes from the genuine ones.

Counterfeits can be easily distinguished from genuine banknotes by using the simple and so-called “feel-look-tilt” test to reveal the note’s security features. In the test, one can feel that the ink is thicker in some places than others on the note. Looking at the note up against the light will reveal watermarks. And if one tilts the bank note, the hologram image on the hologram patch will change between the value and a window or doorway. –EUObserver

Source: http://euobserver.com/9/24469 





China Fights Counterfeit Medicines

12 07 2007

Chinese Food and Drug Official Executed for Accepting Bribes

China announced Tuesday its chief food and drug official has been executed for accepting bribes. The former head of China’s food and drug administration who took more than 400,000 pounds in bribes to license poor quality and fake medicines has been executed by the Chinese Government.

At Guilin Pharmaceutical in southern China, they’re worried about their reputation and their profits. They make World Health Organization-approved drugs for malaria, each blister pack carefully marked with a hologram. But the counterfeiters have now made 14 generations of hologram, each one more difficult to distinguish from the real thing. And fake Guilin anti-malarials are turning up all over Southeast Asia.

Source: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/asia/july-dec07/execution_07-10.html





Holograms helps people with Astigmatism

11 07 2007

A new research in Australia suggests that people with astigmatism may soon look at holograms to diagnose their eye condition.

It is being hoped that 3D images will be easier for patients to use than current methods and allow optometrists to more quickly diagnose this common eye focusing problem.

In the most common form of the condition, the vertical and horizontal lines of a cross are in focus at two different distances, says Dr Avudainayagam. About 10% of the population have a degree of astigmatism that requires correction, he says, adding it can be very hard to correct if not caught at an early age. He says the current gold standard of diagnosing it involves patients trialling different lenses until they can see a test image 6 metres away completely clearly. This can be slow and cumbersome, and people have to remember how things look with each lens as they compare them. Dr Avudainayagam says the hologram method has already been tested on real eyes in another experiment involving a different focusing problem. – abc.net.au

Source: http://abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/07/10/1974208.htm