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Paper CD's

Perforated pop out paper CD’s
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Built into a piece of paper is an actual printed CD. There are perforations circulating the printed layers of foil and substrates allowing it to be ’popped out’ of a sheet of paper. Next you remove the hole for the spindle by pushing on the internal perforations. You now have a paper CD; next you get your already existing ’paper CD adapter' and snap it together to support the information (the paper CD) inside it. Load the CD into your computer and your all set.

This would rely on the invention of the paper CD getting popular enough for everyone to have an adapter. The adapter would be two pieces of plastic that interlock with a molded cam circumventing the hole for the CD player spindle. The paper CD itself relies on the production of a multi layer, FLEXABLE, resilient 300 nano-meter thick assembly that adheres to paper. The device consists of an acrylic layer that contains the physical information in pit form, a layer of aluminum to reflect the laser beam and a super thin layer of a polycarbonate plastic that is in the 200 nano-meter range.

This would be very useful in the DVD mailing services and junk mail. Not spam, the actual junk mail you get every day. Imagine getting your mail, and in the brightly colored advertisements there are companies that provide there entire catalogue in .pdf form on a paper CD! No more tired arms when my buddies hand out their CD to people after they play. Imagine a CD printed with every product manual you own. Oh the actual paper we could save if you could have one sheet of paper (a cover sheet?) for reports with a built-in paper CD and the following umpteen pages in .pdf form! The possibilities are endless.

evilpenguin, Aug 15 2007

(?) flexCD http://www.iht.com/...002/03/15/t1_31.php
flexible CD [xaviergisz, Aug 15 2007]

Archived copy of above-linked flexCD article https://web.archive...002/03/15/t1_31.php
[notexactly, Oct 03 2019]


       As a child, I remember I used to get 45's on the back of cereal boxes - you could punch them out and put them on your record player and hear a very scratchy version of Supercalifragilistic - expialidocious or something.   

       Bun for the updated nostalgia.
globaltourniquet, Aug 15 2007

       OK, [jutta], got a bone to pick, here. Every developer knows you have to include the supercalifragilistic... exception to the "no words of 30+ characters" rule. What's the deal?   

       (I got a message about trying to post an annotation with word of 30 or more characters when trying to post the anno with that word in it. Can you feature that? Our admin forgot that age-old exception...)
globaltourniquet, Aug 15 2007

       I like the idea.
MaxwellBuchanan, Aug 15 2007

       [BrauBeaton], CDs already have tracking information on them. CDRAM is a ood example because if you have good eyes you can actually see the tracks.   

       The issue I have with most of this is that optical media is very much at the end of its life cycle - most companies are moving to provide their on-demand systems eg sky+, BTvision, iPlayer, 4oD and many more including free internet systems. While the idea is sound it is like reinventing the tape.
miasere, Aug 15 2007

       //most of this is that optical media is very much at the end of its life cycle // I agree, but I think this form of media would be cheap enough for companies to produce that it would just make tons of money. What about the millions of dial-uppers that wouldn't be able to download big .pdf files? This would be perfect.   

       Kinda like why does junk mail still exsist even when SPAM is easier? Junk mail works. CD's will still exsist as long as files are under 650 Mbs in size, and not everyone has broadband to stream OD media.
evilpenguin, Aug 15 2007

       ICI marketed an optical paper tape drive in the early 1990s - . Google "ICI Creo".
IIRC, the media had terabyte capacity, but the SCSI-1 interface meant that it would have taken days to fill a tape.
AbsintheWithoutLeave, Aug 15 2007

       Who boned this!? Explian yourself, please. I'm confused, and surprised this got fishboned....
evilpenguin, Aug 16 2007

       Don't optical paper tape drives go back to the 1960's or even 1950's? Of course, the holes are much smaller now...
supercat, Aug 16 2007

       //Who boned this!?// Rejoice and enjoy! You have been visited by the autoboner. They have a certain number of criteria. eg- if the numerical count of vowels in the main body of your text makes up a prime number, they strike without warning. At least one of my ideas was reduced from two and a half, to two croissants, because of this very autobone algorithm.   

       This one cancels out their depressing negativity in your case (+)
xenzag, Aug 16 2007

       I'll bone this and explain why.   

       The adapter. It has to be assumed that everyone will have an adapter. As a junk mailer, an advertiser, I know that everyone that gets my printed tab today can at least look at the pretty pictures, even if they can't read the text. But I'm not going to be keen on sending advertising that they may or may not be able to read at all   

       So that leads to an adapter that has to be supplied with each paper CD, thereby negating the reason for having the cheap disposable disc in the first place.   

       Remember the highly touted "paperless office" of the 90's? Everybody printed out the instructions.   

       Build the ability to read the paper disc into a piece of hardware that will read it as is and go from there.
Noexit, Aug 16 2007

       One difficulty I see with this idea is that many CD-ROM drives spin the media at such high speeds that balance and stability become critical. If there were a standard format for machine-readable "maximum speed" markings, such disks might be usable at 300-600rpm. But at 6,000+rpm there's too little room for flexibility.
supercat, Aug 16 2007

       How about making it like a sticker (advertising wise) that you could just put on any old cd or dvd.
rascalraidex, Aug 20 2007

       ooh, a sticker is a great idea. You'd need to make sure the sticky side was opaque enough to prevent the original CD being read. At last all those AOL CDs have a purpose.
marklar, Aug 20 2007

       I like it.
evilpenguin, Aug 20 2007

       you could just put it on the label side of the cd instead of the media side
rascalraidex, Aug 26 2007

       I personally don't understand why it would work. But if it did work, I would support it. But what if the whole newspaper was a cd (Paper, so you can get rid of it)? That way, ads could frustrateingly pop up in the middle of your article, with animated characters! Annoying, but as effective as ads on webpages. You wouldn't need a different "ad" cd. Everyone would throw away the "ad"cd anyway.
TahuNuva, Nov 01 2007

       //Who boned this!? Explian yourself, please.//
Possibly the use of a possessive apostrophe, and spelling infringements?
AbsintheWithoutLeave, Nov 01 2007

       How does the punch-out get written? How is this better than just glueing a CD to a piece of paper?
phoenix, Nov 01 2007

       [pheonix] Better because a traditional CD has the plastic support structure built-in. This is just a throw-away cheap solution for advertisers / anybody else that has just for it.
evilpenguin, Nov 01 2007

       waaaaaay too fragile.
neo_, Sep 12 2009

       you need that stiff plastic backing to prevent the cd from warbling away from the lens as it accelerates. even slight surface turbulence can cause a conventional cd to go all woppy. you'd need to spin it 1X or slower.
WcW, Sep 12 2009

       Maybe the solution to disc-wibbling is to spin the read head instead of the disc. After all, a lot of engineering can go into the reader. The disc (which could be very thin and flexible) could be held flat using a small, round vacuum bed.
MaxwellBuchanan, Oct 03 2019

       //spin the read head instead of the disc.//   

       You have to get power and data lines to that read head which is going to make for a complicated hub.
bs0u0155, Oct 03 2019

       Surely lasers can transfer power and data - you can't go wrong with adding more lasers.
hippo, Oct 03 2019

       Spinning the head instead of the disc worked fine for the Panapic.
notexactly, Oct 03 2019


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