Originally Posted by Semyon
the thing is there are heaps of advances like this constantly reported in the news, but none of it ever gets applied to the real world. Disappointing.
I wouldn't go so far as to say "none of it ever gets applied".
There are countless avenues constantly being researched, and some of it does end up working out. OLED sounded pretty outlandish at the start.
Parallel recording on hard drives was at this stage not too long ago. Next up is Heat-Assisted Magnetic Recording and Bit-Patterned Media. Research has been going in those areas for quite a while in regards to traditional hard drives.
"Dutch researchers have now achieved ultrafast magnetic reversal and discovered a surprising phenomenon."....."This unique combination of a femtosecond laser and circular polarized, femtosecond X-ray light is available in one place in the world: at the synchrotron radiation source BESSY II in Berlin, Germany."
this works, it would be at least 15 years out (for mass consumer models).