Photographic Video Disc Technology Assessment
Final technical rept. for FY76
NAVAL PHOTOGRAPHIC CENTER WASHINGTON DC RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT DEPT
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This report covers investigative research conducted into high density recording technologies for the Navy Technical Information Presentation Program NTIPP. Mechanical and optical storage and retrieval systems have been investigated, potential manufacturers visited, patents, technical literature and other pertinent data thoroughly studied, and an outside consultant employed to complement this study. As of this date all disc technology by manufacturers within the United States is developmental. Several firms state they could begin marketing a player within twelve months. However, all systems have various development problems yet to be overcome. For medium volume distribution as required for the NTIPP, a photographic recording and replication medium should prove to be the most advantageous system. Within the time frame of the NTIPP development phase, many of the recording and distribution methods discussed in this report will be fully developed. Their inherent capability for random access retrieval of textual data, and within the same record, inclusion of motion, color, or sound as desired, will make video discs the prime contender as the most logical and cost effective system for use in the NTIPP.
- Information Science
- Acoustooptic and Optoacoustic Devices
- Recording and Playback Devices