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Could "Smart Cards" Replace Blu-Rays?

Postchronicle: Blu-ray is starting to become mainstream, thanks to lower player prices and increasing numbers of titles on store shelves. And it'll undoubtedly have a few years in the sunshine, just as DVD did.

But Blu-ray is still a disc-based technology, with moving parts that can wear out, and the discs themselves can be affected by fingerprints that can prevent them from playing properly - as I discovered over the Christmas season when one of my discs froze in the middle of a chapter. Fortunately, once it was cleaned the disc returned to its high def glory, but the point was made.

Next generations of high definition playback could eliminate these problems and it wouldn't surprise me if they end up coming from new generations of the same type of smart cards you may be using today, in your notebook PC, cell phone, digital camera, media player or whatever.

Right now, such cards don't have the storage capacity to compete with Blu-ray's 50 gigabytes, but upping the card ante is happening already - and wouldn't you know there's more than one solution on the horizon and they'll undoubtedly compete with each other.

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ravinash3246d ago

I guess we going to be getting these articles for the whole time Blu-Ray will be out.
First HD-DVD then Laser disk then DLC and now this....so whats next on the menu.

kazuma3246d ago

"But Blu-ray is still a disc-based technology, with moving parts that can wear out, and the discs themselves can be affected by fingerprints that can prevent them from playing properly - as I discovered over the Christmas season when one of my discs froze in the middle of a chapter. Fortunately, once it was cleaned the disc returned to its high def glory, but the point was made."

wow, so blu-ray sucks because you can't keep your fingers off from the reading surface of the disc?
good stuff

ravinash3246d ago

We're been living with fingerprints as an issue since CDs, I don't think its a new problem than anyone who watches film will be able to get their head round.

cayal3246d ago

And lens cleaner is soooooo expensive these days

/sarcasm

Cajun Chicken3246d ago

Apparently we're basically going back to the floppy disk...whaaaat?!?

I want the next main format after Blu-Ray to be those data cubes like in the movie version of Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy...

:D

arika3246d ago

my answer is no... but after bluray the next one that will take over would be digital downloads... but that would probably be 8 to 10 years from now.

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