Next generation storage devices could be implanted into your body



Scientists from China are studying a way to build silk protein-based rewritable optical storage devices that could be implanted into a human body. The resulting storage may look like crystalline discs implanted into bodies of conspirators in the 2008 TV show Fringe. But is such a drive feasible? 

The silk protein optical storage device uses thin film solution based on silk fibroin that is spin coated onto a gold or silicon substrate. The silk solution then acts like aluminum layers on typical Blu-rays or DVDs, but while discs are ‘printed’ at a factory, silk protein devices have to ‘written’ in a way that optical discs are burned in a drive. 


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