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Thursday, November 18, 2004

Try scratching this DVD

via CNETAsia
Researchers at electronics giant TDK have developed a tough new coating that promises to make scratched DVDs a thing of the past and that will help usher in an emerging data storage format with 10 times the capacity of the current DVD standard.

In a test conducted by CNET, a DVD treated with TDK's coating survived a determined attack with a screwdriver and a Sharpie permanent marker with no effect on playability--a remarkable feat considering how easily standard DVDs can be damaged, for example, by children.

'Wow, every family with a young boy could really use that,' quipped Elizabeth Berry, a Berkeley, Calif., resident and one-time Netflix DVD-by-mail subscriber, when told of the scratch-resistant coating. 'My 3-year-old must have destroyed half my DVD collection.'

Already one of the most popular technologies in history, the DVD is poised for further greatness as companies tinker with improvements such as better durability and increased storage."
The article goes on to discuss how this development will improve the high-capacity Blu-Ray disc format. Read the rest.


  • At 11/19/2004 3:01 PM, Blogger Raven said…

    Duh... don't let your three-year-old handle your DVDs. How simple is that? My four-year-old has never touched them.

    But still, if this technology could make its way into the current DVD market, I'd certainly welcome it.


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