Kimani Toussaint: Storage breakthrough with nano piano
|Kimani Toussaint led research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that demonstrates the first-ever recording of optically encoded audio onto a non-magnetic plasmonic nanostructure, opening the door to multiple uses in informational processing and archival storage.
To demonstrate its abilities to store sound and audio files, Toussaint and fellow researchers created a musical keyboard or “nano piano,” using the available notes to play “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” (listen below).
“The chip’s dimensions are roughly equivalent to the thickness of human hair,” he says.
Nano piano’s “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”