We are all familiar with the use of flash drives, jump drives, memory cards, external hard drives, whatever you want to call them. Being a college student these technologies can add an overwhelming amount of stress to our lives. Keeping track of these small devices isn’t too much of a hassle, but what if all the information on them just seemingly disappeared? One of my professors likes to say something along the lines of, “its not if your hard drive will crash, it’s when.” He’s right. These miniature pieces of technology have an unknown lifespan and they can decide to crash whenever they want.
The Japanese company Hitachi believes that they have found a solution to the common flash drive. Hitachi has created a technology that can imprint information into a one-inch square of quartz glass. The company states that this piece of glass quartz is “heat resistant and water resistant, it’s also invulnerable to “many chemicals: and unaffected by radio waves.” Thought the data glass only holds about 40 MB of information at this time, its durability is pretty impressive. Company setbacks have pushed the release date to 2015—devices to write data on the chip and read the chip data must be made.
Hitachi claims that this device has the potential to last 100 million years without crashing. But really, for 100 million years? That’s a big number to brag about. It’s unfathomable to think that there are ways that tests could be ran to come out with this number. The average American doesn’t even have a life expectancy of 100 years. Will this technology even be pertinent in 100 million years? It’s great this lifespan has been given to the Hitachi data glass, but just say that it will last forever.
In the future this innovation to the common memory chip will be found useful. A flash drive always crashes at the worst possible moment. In a few years, if technology has developed enough, losing important data will be one less thing to worry about. The Hitachi data glass is an innovative technology that allows designers to do more with less materials than your average plastic and metal jump drive.