If SD cards and flash memory aren’t carrying the burden of downloading every WiiWare and Virtual Console title that you can get your hands on anymore, Nintendo may have the space age solution for you. A poster at NeoGAF found an interesting article at TVG that discusses a patent filed last year. The patent is for a holographic storage unit, developed by the guys at InPhase technology, who are serious about your holographic storage needs. The patent was written up with Nintendo as a joint applicant.
… disclosure is herein made that the claimed invention was made pursuant to a Joint Research Agreement as defined in 35 U.S.C. 103 (c)(3), that was in effect on or before the date the claimed invention was made, and as a result of activities undertaken within the scope of the Joint Research Agreement, by or on the behalf of Nintendo Co., and InPhase Technologies, Inc.
And these guys are as serious as that lump of test above. According to InPhase’s official website, they have the “unparalleled technical expertise in areas such as the holographic polymer media, holographic storage techniques, laser optics and drive technology.” This entire thing sounds a bit too Star Trek me. Unfortunately, there are neither pictures of this amazing holographic device, nor any indication when this thing could hit. The patent doesn’t necessarily describe what it will do either. All we know, is that holograms are sweet, and so is increased storage capacity for the Wii. Why not blend the two in the year 2068?