CHIBA, Japan--A group of about 50 companies is trying to put hard drives in your pocket.
The IVDR Consortium is developing technologies and prototypes that effectively allow hard drives to act as a portable storage device. (IVDR stands for "information versatile disk for removable usage.") Stick a 2.5-inch drive in a stylish case into a kiosk and download a movie. If you plop one into a video camera, you can record footage, and then you can stick it into a computer or video-editing machine.
Some IVDR products are already out. Some consortium members--there are about 50 including … Read more