Engrave Your Data On The Nanoform To Preserve Them For Eternity


I don’t know how many people are going to need a product like the Nanoform, a sapphire disk where you can have any data laser-engraved for posterity. If you have photos, documents, and any similar stuff you’d like to guarantee will live through the worst apocalypse scenarios, though, this record-keeping disk is exactly the place where you would want those things captured.

Made by Fahrenheit 2451, the disc is being billed as “the only storage medium that resists fire, water, and time.” And we can’t argue. The darn thing is virtually unalterable, so unless you lose it, you can use it to access any stored information for the rest of your lifetime (and, possibly, your future generations' lifetimes, too), long after your printed documents have browned, your USB drives have died, and the cloud service where you held all your data got hacked.


Similar to microfilms, each Nanoform stores your data in a tiny size (1/30,000th scale), allowing you to cram a good load of texts and pictures in a single disk. How much content? According to the company, up to 10,000 letter pages at 150 dpi or 2,700 650 x 850 pictures. All the data is laser-engraved onto the disk, arranged according to your preferences, with retrieval easily achieved by putting it under a microscope, reading it using a powerful magnifying glass, or digitizing it with a high-resolution scanner. You can also take an up-close picture and blow it up on a computer.


It comes in three sizes: a 1-inch diameter disk, a 2-incher, and a 4-incher, with the latter looking like a transparent CD, of sorts. Each one comes with an accompanying transparent, shock-resistant case.

A Kickstarter campaign is currently running for Nanoform. Pledges to reserve a unit starts at €130.

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3 Responses

  1. franny

    this is a really sweet technology, and i can definitely think of a few uses just off hand. for example, government purposes, and what about just for the sake of creating a time-capsule for your children and grandchildren to look at one day? not only that, but with all the mobile-navigation required in todays academic and career-based world, it’s very desirable to have a storage device that is nearly indestructible. now i appreciate that its resistant against water and fire, but what about impact? what exactly is the material made out of, sapphire crystal? whatever it is made of, it looks truly beautiful. will there always be images directly presented on the disk itself like in the pictures? also, can you actually overwrite information or no, since it’s permanent? i like the case that it comes in, and the information storage capacity seems comparable to 8-16G, at least.

  2. Samantha

    I’ve never seen anything like this before! This is so neat–and beautiful! I was just recently reading how most memory technology today is being converted to ‘flash storage’ especially the industrial side of society. With that being said, I can appreciate why base-level consumers would begin doing the same. That is, as they would then give themselves the ability to store and access their information online from anyplace at any time. I think this is a really cool piece of technology, but hate to think what would happen if it was misplaced–OOPS! Considering the price, that could be a really costly mistake. Also, how safe is your information if it is lost/stolen? Is or can the data be encrypted on a piece such as this?

  3. maxine

    surely all good things come to an end! I don’t know how i feel about keeping information literally forever. for example, for safety reasons, this seems questionable. also, like the poster above said, what about for lost/stolen recovery and any safety settings or features that come with it? would love to see it made possible through the innovations of technology to be able to track down or recover data from technology like this remotely (via WiFi)


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