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Jun 30, 2015 7:47 EST

Fahrenheit 2451 – Preserve Your Data in a Sapphire Disk: Preserve your most precious memories for thousands of years. The only storage medium that resists fire, water and time

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 30, 2015

 

Fahrenheit 2451 – Preserve Your Data in a Sapphire Disk

How do you prevent the loss of your most precious data?

Paper and film fade with time. CDs, USB keys and external hard drives have a 30-year lifespan at best, when they are not scratched, corrupted, demagnetized or rendered obsolete by new systems before that. And the Cloud is out of your hands and of questionable security.

Here is our solution : a tiny laser-engraved disk of sapphire, which will keep your data forever, through time and elements.

We called it the Nanoform.

The photos you took in your happiest moments, your children’s birth certificates, your love letters, or the history of your community – all deserve better than to be saved on a stick.

They should be treasured and preserved in a unique object that reflects their value.

Discover now the Nanoform’s amazing characteristics !

Fahrenheit 2451 Nanoforms are stunning sapphire disks embedding your most precious data and preserving them forever.

Synthetic sapphire is the 2nd hardest material, just after diamond.

Water, acid, light, cold, heat – we mean LAVA heat – will not deteriorate the information encapsulated inside. In a fire, this thin, elegant, transparent work of art will be the only object left unscathed.

Watch one of ours F2451° test : 

Our Nanoforms emerged like new from the fire test !
Our Nanoforms emerged like new from the fire test !
Yes, this is a Nanoform. And it survived.
Yes, this is a Nanoform. And it survived.

“A Nanoform’s lifespan is virtually endless. We’re talking milleniums. It’s also revolutionary, in this all-digital era, to imprint information analogically” – Alain Rey, inventor of the nanoform.

Everything fade and disappear with time. Not the Nanoform : time will not alter the support – as with paper -, nor erase its content – as with digital drives.

CDs, USB keys or hard drives get damaged and will eventually stop working with your new computer. The Cloud gets hacked, bursts when companies disappear and dematerializes your information.

The nanoform is yours to keep: in your hands, around your neck, or on your mantelpiece.

We use a high-precision laser to engrave data on a thin sapphire wafer; then we fuse it to another wafer and a Nanoform is born.

(OK: we did simplify the process here. Want to know more about the production? Scroll down!)

The amount of data we can engrave is simply amazing: we reduce the surface of your contents by 30,000 but keep its quality and definition.

On one of our prototypes, we engraved War and Peace of Tolstoï – every single page of it.

You may ask: how do you access these data? When we write at the smallest size, every character has a height of 10 microns. It’s smaller than the thickness of a human hair!

With your eyes you will discern the pages, not the text. As these are analogical data, methods to retrieve information are numerous:

  • A powerful magnifying glass. 
  • A camera with a macro-lens: a simple picture will make the content readable!
  • A digital microscope, whichwill display the images and texts directly on your computer for around $100. 
  • A high-resolution scanner.
  • And more!
On the left, a $100 digital microscope, linked to a computer. On the right, a $80 digiscope.
On the left, a $100 digital microscope, linked to a computer. On the right, a $80 digiscope.

 Sapphire looks amazing everywhere, even on you !

A unique and eternal gift: this tiny sapphire disk will preserve his/her memories forever.
A unique and eternal gift: this tiny sapphire disk will preserve his/her memories forever.

Documents are shrunk 30,000 times (that is over 170 times in each direction) and engraved between two thin sapphire wafers using high-precision photolithography technology.

Watch our Nanoform retracing the life of Pierre Curie:

Some of this Nanoform’s details are showed here:

Manufacturing takes place in a clean room environment so that nothing interferes with your data – not even a speck of dust. The wafers are then fused together – no glue is used in the process – leaving the nanoform unalterable.

Alain Rey (inventor of the Nanoform) in a clean room at CEA/Leti, holding a freshly created 8" Nanoform.
Alain Rey (inventor of the Nanoform) in a clean room at CEA/Leti, holding a freshly created 8″ Nanoform.

The final nanoform is a beautiful object, readable anytime, anywhere. A simple magnifying glass is enough to read the data preserved in this high-tech jewel-like disk of sapphire.

The nanoform also comes with an online viewing platform to navigate and zoom into a specific photo or text, display the content on TV or share it with a friend.

Want to try it ? Here is an example ! You can zoom in as much as you want.

So far 8” professional nanoforms have been available to industries and government agencies. They have been deposited unharmed on the ocean floor (Greenpeace, 2013), and they will soon be sent to the moon (Carnegie Mellon University Moon Arts project, 2016).

Clean room environments follow strict rules: no speck of dust shall interfere in the production process.
Clean room environments follow strict rules: no speck of dust shall interfere in the production process.

With the Fahrenheit 2451 project, we want to make personal nanoforms available to anyone.

Zoom on a 4″ Nanoform: 

The personal nanoform, delivered in a see-through, shock-resistant case.

You can order today your 1″ sapphire medallion or your personal nanoform (2” or 4”),  or make a smaller contribution and leave your message on “La Nanoform”, a 8” Nanoform that will be stored forever in a museum.

  • 1” sapphire medallion necklace: a single picture up to 12,000 x 12,000 pixels composed by the customer of several photos or a scanned artwork or a scanned hand-written sheet will be treated as an image. Some photos or texts can be visible to the naked eye.
  • 2” personal nanoform: up to 500 photos or scanned artwork (from 870 x 620 up to 19,000 x 14,000 pixels). A scanned hand-written sheet will be treated as an image. Some photos or texts can be visible to the naked eye. 
  • 4” personal nanoform: up to 2500 photos or scanned artwork (from 870 x 620 up to 26,400 x 18,700 pixels). A scanned hand-written sheet will be treated as an image. Some photos or texts can be visible to the naked eye. 
  • Smaller contributions, starting at $5, buy you space on “La Nanoform”, a public 8” Nanoform stored forever in a museum.

See the rewards details in the picture below !

Your own Nanoform

Be creative! Display it anywhere in your home, hang it on the wall or set it on a shelf. Offer it to your bride, as a unique baby shower gift or for mother’s day. Celebrate your family or a lost loved one by imprinting unforgettable memories.

La Nanoform : Leave your message for eternity

Take your chance to become eternal : your message or picture will be stored in a museum for milleniums.

Timeline of the project

We defined a precise plan for Nanoforms delivery, based on our experience with professional customers (government agencies and industries). 

Stretch Goals

Every contribution will be useful for the project! We need $49,000 to start the production of large numbers of Nanoforms. The following contributions will be used to create new functionalities : custom design of the Nanoform’s content (a big and artistic design for example), Nanoforms in color, etc.

Meet the team !

We are a multidisciplinary team of 12 persons working in Grenoble, the “French Silicon Valley”, comprised of engineers, business and communication professionals.

Fahrenheit 2451 in the press

They have their space on “La Nanoform”

We are in contact with artists who already took their place in La Nanoform :

A painting from HOPARE, a french graffiti painter, which represents Marie José Chombart de Lauwe. She was a french resistant during World War 2 and this painting was done to show that the resistants were not forgotten.

Marie José Chombart de Lauwe and Roger Bordage, two ancient resistants, in front of a painting destined to stay in La Nanoform
Marie José Chombart de Lauwe and Roger Bordage, two ancient resistants, in front of a painting destined to stay in La Nanoform

A painting from MarieKilly, a french painter who focuses on abstract forms to create colorful and amazing paintings

A picture of Suzel Galia’s rock carving. Suzel is a french sculptor who likes to compare her work on stone with the content of a Nanoform : they are both destined to stay through time !

Our supporters

We are proud to be supported by iskn, the Airboard and the Carnegie Mellon University !

Our partners

Labelled in July 2005, the worldwide competitiveness cluster MINALOGIC animates and structures, in Rhône-Alpes area, a major innovation and expertise space in intelligent miniaturized solutions for industry.

The Kolor Team has worked on complex image-stitching projects and has acquired great experience in solving the hardest issues. Since 2008, Kolor has also developed knowledge and experience in 360-degree video stitching. We put this unique knowledge at your disposal for your projects.

Joomeo is a storage platform that allows to share HD photos or videos in private networks with a high level of security. Joomeo developed an ultra-modern, intuitive interface for easy management of HD videos and photos.

Technical specifications

The nanoforms have been expressly conceived to last and resist fire, water, acid, rodants, cold and heat – we mean LAVA heat. Imagine just for a second that your pet gets to play with your most precious photo album or CD/ DVD or USB key. Spine-tingling, isn’t it? Not anymore once you’ll have your own nanoform!
However, please note that the nanoform has its nemesis (at least for the moment): hammers.

“La Nanoform” (8”) will be manufactured if we get enough backers to fill 25% of it, otherwise we will manufacture an 4” nanoform that will be stored in a museum.

The first 2000 medallions will be delivered by end of october 2015. If there are more to produce, we will need a 1 extra month for each 1000 medallions.

Our maximum production capacity today is 300 medallions/month + 120 2’’nanoforms/month + 30 4’’ nanoforms/month. According to the project success and the distribution orders, the delivery time could be higher than expected.

Contact Information:

Alain Rey
Farid Benzakour

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