The Critical 'I'

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Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Disk drives are getting simultaneously bigger and smaller--bigger in terms of the amount of information they can hold, and smaller in physical size. Companies like Cornice are poised to release a slew of miniature drives that can hold 2 gigs of storage. As a result, we will shortly be seeing disc drives proliferate to all sorts of devices that we never considered would need digital storage capacity.

This reminds me a lot of the rapid takeoff of personal computers over the last few years, when 40 gig and up hard drives have become the norm. For much of the '90s, a 1 gig drive was considered huge; now that's peanuts. The ease of getting such huge upgrades in storage capacity and memory to market are a big reason why concepts like the NetPC will never take off (despite the compelling basic idea), and portend what could happen when all sorts of products are equipped with such impressive storage ability. Combined with Bluetooth and other ideas for mesh-networking different devices, this could reach a critical mass and change how we use things like cameras, televisions and even household appliances.