Water-Resistant, Printable Blu-Ray Media Unveiled

Imation Corporation, a leading supplier of optical disc media, revealed the world's first Blu-ray scratch-resistant media that features water-resistant technology – using ink-jet printer or markers on the discs is now possible. The manufacturer's suggested retail price, for a 25GB single-layer Blu-ray discs with AquaGuard technology that offers white, smear- and water-resistant inkjet printable disc surface with jewel case, is $24.99. Featuring proprietary nanoparticle technology, the AquaGuard coating grips and holds ink to lock designs in place, unlike standard inkjet media that easily smears when exposed to moisture.

"Imation's Blu-ray media with AquaGuard technology is the perfect disc. We've designed each side of the disc for professional use. The data side features high capacity and scratch resistance. The inkjet printable side allows for creation of custom, water-resistant printed images and text," said James Milligan, general manager of the company's commercial/OEM division.

Scratch Resistance? Check. Printable custom labels? Check. Copy protection cracked? Check. Who knows, maybe Blu-ray will win the HD war if pirates adopt the media. Too bad there's still the whole price "issue". Dear Sony, please start a price war.

News source: Xbit Laboratories

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I don't care which format wins the hi-def war. But for godsakes, can we get a higher capacity format for PCs?

I hate backing up to 4.6 GB media. It feels like I'm using floppy discs. Dual layers are still too expensive. I would be nice to be able to put as much data on one disc as 6 DVDs. I could use less discs and with the improved protective coatings on the hidef discs will last longer.

If the discs would come down in price to lets say $3 to $5 each, I'd snape them up. The drives need to come down to $200 to $300 too.

We are, eventually. You can use recordable Blu-Ray or HD-DVD-R for data, there are already drives and blank media available. I agree they are still too expensive but I remember when CD-R seemed like a hopelessly out of reach luxury item.

TRC said,
We are, eventually. You can use recordable Blu-Ray or HD-DVD-R for data, there are already drives and blank media available. I agree they are still too expensive but I remember when CD-R seemed like a hopelessly out of reach luxury item. :)

Yeah. But its never soon enough! Iomega has some sweet magneto-optical solutions but they're bloody expensive and so too are Raid-5 solutions. I'd rather have discs, that way if its music its somewhat portable and its easier and cheaper to make backps of the discs than it is harddrives.

Yup that and the fact sont were giving away free films with the PS3.

blueray is looking good but Piracy and Porn will deccide a LOT and quite often costing is a major factor.

Unplugged said,
Yup that and the fact sont were giving away free films with the PS3.

Movies given away as pack-ins, etc., do not count towards sales.

roadwarrior said,

Movies given away as pack-ins, etc., do not count towards sales.

Actually, here the movies were NOT pack-ins. There was a coupon inside the PS3, which gave you money off a movie of your choice. The cashier had to scan the movie, which means it DID count towards sales. Here, at least.

Interesting...I feel strong that HDDVD/DVD hybrids are only a good thing though, and are a massive advantage.

Why don't we use something smaller than 12cm discs???

Discounted movies are as valid as any other sale, otherwise half the DVD sales out there wouldn't count because of some special offer. Obviously bundled movies, however, should not (and do not) count towards sales figures.

Couldn't BluRay set a quality standard on their media so we don't get junk media. I would gladly pay more for BD-RE if they were high quality.

hardgiant said,
Couldn't BluRay set a quality standard on their media so we don't get junk media.

Quality standard? On Blu-Ray!? *falls off chair laughing*
Yeah right.

I regularly wash my CD's and DVD's all the time, oh how I wish they had this innovative technology! Then when I dump stacks of them into my dish washer, the ink wont run and stain my cutlery any more!