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The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
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The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
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AtomChip Notebook Computer
image You may never have heard of the Atom Chip Corporation before, but you will if they've really built what they claim to have built--a notebook computer that boasts a 6.8GHZ CPU and 2TB of non-volatile Quantum Storage (in place of a hard disk). For those who aren't tech savvy, a notebook computer like this would be years ahead of anything else on the market. The company says that it will present this miracle technology to the world during an upcoming Consumer Electronics Show. However, the pictures it has on its website look strangely amateurish, like pieces of computer hardware glued together. The liberal use of the word "quantum" in its description is also a clue that this thing is totally bogus. The Register states that it's a "trifle sceptical" of the company's claims.
Categories: Technology
Posted by The Curator on Wed Sep 07, 2005
Comments (90)
everyone knows it's fake. The company is just trying to get press and buzz.
Posted by bill  in  atlanta  on  Fri Jan 06, 2006  at  11:18 PM
Yeah watch the Video of the "Solar power chip" on the website, and then try to argue the validity of this company. Its sad to think how many people will be suckered by this guy.
Posted by suckers  on  Sat Jan 07, 2006  at  03:01 AM
Oh this is too funny...

I checked the whois of his site as and realised that I live a couple blocks away from this freak...... Nice to see someone from my neighbourhood making a name for themself........

Hahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa... too funny......
Posted by Ass-Nugget  in  WESTBURY  on  Sat Jan 07, 2006  at  06:28 AM
Good, your the man, go around there and check him out, maybe he has a working prototype in his garage.

Maybe we should ring him, and tell him we are sending around an Ass-Nugget for him.

Seriously, things are a lot easier to errantly dismiss than to prove. A bad demo is somebody that hasn't spent the time, or simply somebody that spent it on something better. Hold it another saying coming, of yeah, now maybe I should actually watch the demo.

Oh yeah, I could spend oodles of pages discussing this one as a technical person. There is something that can produce that effect, firstly it would either have to gather photons from the direction of the text recorded, if not from all directions, and replay them back in another mirrored angle. Possible. But then it records a sequence of them over time, so every point has a depth of temporal memory, still possible, but that would be a feat and a half. But what gives the plot away as extremely poor presentation, or a hoax, is that when the supposed image turns off, there is cut frame when it goes to grey, and another when it goes to black. The camera has moved in between the frames, and it is being passed off as continuous footage. It is either very bad presentation to make it look neater (and people do do some odd things) or just a hoax.
Posted by Stevey  on  Sat Jan 07, 2006  at  07:53 AM
Oh, yeah, this demo is so bad it is hard to believe it is a hoax wink

Firstly, as suspected last time, the text is moved along and down to centre it properly, and at the end it is moved faster. But on the "solar chip" replay of it, it is already centred and moves much more smoothly to the end. In video production it is common to shoot each a sequence/part multiple times, and put the best shoot of each part together to form a new sequence, and even jump cut borings bits. This is very rough. But I must admire the solar chip's physics bending movements on the space test flight part of the demo wink
Posted by Stevey  on  Sat Jan 07, 2006  at  08:09 AM
Hi friends,

Did you see (that on the hoax video) during input, the card is shifted about 2 inches vertically during recording (just before the text potion of the sign)? Stangely enough, this does not show up during "playback". Well, maybe it is a quantum thing, I don't know smile
Posted by Thomas Blom  in  SE  on  Sat Jan 07, 2006  at  02:13 PM
Is there any sort of proof of operation required to present at CES? Did this guy have to establish that his computer did what he says before being allowed to get a booth?
Posted by Christopher Cole  in  Tucson, AZ  on  Sat Jan 07, 2006  at  02:37 PM
More, importantly, did he show it at the booth, like they said? I thought they were supposed to release this at some reasonably normal price, doesn't look like it.
Posted by Stevey  on  Sun Jan 08, 2006  at  12:18 AM
The laptops were at CES. They were locked in a display case so no one could use them and see if they were real.
Posted by me  in  los angeles  on  Mon Jan 09, 2006  at  12:06 AM
Is pretty lame all this.There is people who is developing Real innovations and want a place in the CES and these people get a place in the CES with big jokes,I wonder if at least have some proof.
I have a friend who works in nanotechnology and is possible,HP is currently working in a prototype with molecular switches.
This could be possible but I bet is an hoak as is not a big Corporation like HP.
Also is pretty lame how the media follow all these crap without any proof.
Posted by EM  in  Chicago,IL  on  Mon Jan 09, 2006  at  12:55 AM
I'm betting the real thing here is to make a flurry of patents, create some vapour-ware that seems to work, let someone else ACTUALLY develop the technology, and then sue that company for patent infringement.
Posted by Brad  on  Mon Jan 09, 2006  at  11:29 AM
Hoax with a capital H.
Nothing more going on here then patenting an idea and waiting to get bought out.
The web site is half arsed, the corporate officers seem to be all "family" with mickey mouse email accounts (4 all go to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) one to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)), the pages with pictures are cobbled together pieces of old hardware. Laptop use, great way to hide what you are up to, it's enclosed, with no sight of the guts. How about a nice plastic case with no HD and this "NEW" tech hooked up and running. The system info, another hack.
Posted by Hoax  on  Mon Jan 09, 2006  at  02:06 PM
This whole set-up smells like a prank produced by a danish performing artist (whose name I forgot).
Some time ago he went with a cravan and some (mostly elder) people from Danmark to the US to support Bush in the elections (He DIDN`T, it was art...)(check it here:www.danesforbush.org).
Then he pulled something off that looks quite simmilar to the Atom-thingie. He invented a riffle that (presumaly) could tag people with tracer-bugs without them noticing. He got so far as to be invited to a international Police supplier convention in (get this!) CHINA!
This guy really went there with a nonexisting invention, just with some nice drawings aso!
Best part: The chinese were so interested in his divice (they wanted to order!)that he got cold feed and left the country some days before the convention ended. If I remember it correctly he really holds a patent for that riffle and was quite scared about the offers big manufacturers were giving... (check it here:www.backfire.dk/EMPIRENORTH/newsite/index.htm)
I couldn`t find any home adress for the Atom Company, but if it`s the same as the ones for the two links above (namely:Svinget 2, suite 2, second floor on the left,DK-2300 Copenhagen S), it`s the same guy...

BTW: Why does Mr. Shimon Gendlin won an "Golden Oscar" as seen under the European(!) Awards section? For best performance in a Prank???
Posted by BoJo  in  Norway  on  Mon Mar 20, 2006  at  11:39 PM
Why don't you people learn to type and speak enlglish before you try to post something that is supposed to sound halfway intelligent. How many of you people have a PhD in physics? How many have spent time studying quantum mechanics? In all likelyhood, none. How can you dismiss something that you know nothing about?
Posted by rectifyer  on  Thu Mar 23, 2006  at  08:12 PM
Hey rectifyer,
ever considered that not everyone here has the advantage of having english as their native language ?
About dismissing things we no nothing about: well, maybe you didn`t recognice that museumofhoaxes is a side where you can discuss whether certain things are or are not hoaxes.
But I guess you know better then the rest of us, don`t you?
Posted by BoJO  in  Norway  on  Thu Mar 23, 2006  at  10:03 PM
rectifyer said:

"How many have spent time studying quantum mechanics? In all likelyhood, none. How can you dismiss something that you know nothing about?"

OK, so have YOU studied quantum mechanics? If yes, please explain this AtomChip to us in layman's terms. If not, how can you simply accept the claims made for the AtomChip without being able to understand them?
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Fri Mar 24, 2006  at  03:37 AM
cia senos naujienos
Posted by sudelis  in  kaunas  on  Thu Nov 30, 2006  at  07:14 AM
I had a play with a similar idea a few years ago, I used a semiconductor laser, a focusing lenses, a roll of 35mm film and a prism. I wasn't trying to achieve what is reported here, I was trying to see if it was possible to record a set of images on the film in a kind of microdot format. I had a little bit of success too, except that the images recorded were very poor or non existent, probably due to the fineness of the film used (or lack of it) and it could also have something to do with the colour of the laser light and the films sensitivity to it, the point is, I managed to get something on the film with just a few odds and ends I had kicking around in my shed, even though my developing skills are a bit shaky. After a few experiments, I gave up on the idea, until my brother asked if I could record data on the film. I gave it a try and had quite a bit of success, what I couldn't figure out was what use it would be, we already had cd's and DVD's, so what use was this? What this new technology suggest to me is a method of recording holographic representations of data in a 3d substrate using micro lenses to guide the laser beams to the correct location (memory address). This is not unlike an article I read many years ago about cube crystal memory, the idea was very similar, only on a larger scale (I think we were using 286's then, long time ago) the problem they had was getting the device to keep the stored data for a useable period, it used a crystal structure which altered when a certain frequency of laser was used, two beams would cross at some point within the crystal and change the structure slightly, when you wanted to read the data, another set of beams of a different frequency were used, this time the structure of the crystal would cause an interference pattern in the beams wich could the be detected using sensors and thus the data could be read, the problem was that the crystal structure would always try and return to its natural state, a so lose the data. I'm not saying this new technology isn't a fake, anybody with a bit of programming skill could fake the laptop system info, and even have the figure change when a program was run or the mouse was moved. All I am saying is that research into this technology could have and should have been taken on by one of the big corporations years ago. Sorry to ramble on. The end.
Posted by the rigger  in  uk  on  Tue Feb 06, 2007  at  06:35 PM
Hiya people,

Firstly, none of the technology used in these devices is 'revolutionary' at least in the theory side. There have been 'Quantum' computers made before (see http://domino.watson.ibm.com/comm/pr.nsf/pages/news.20011219_quantum.html)
and, the really scary bit, they work!

Secondly, there's nothing wrong with using commodity electronics to prototype new designs. I assume that when the first CD-ROM drive was prototyped, it did not have a play button, touch sensitive loading or an SPDIF out option, but all of these can be found on many CD-ROMS in the market today. If AtomChip want to use an optical connector from Radio Shack to use in it's prototypes, it's only doing so because they're easily available in small quantities (no thousand unit orders needed) and provide another level of confidence in the design because a lot of the components are already tried and tested.

Just because the readers on this site can't buy it off the shelf, they assume it doesn't exist. Intel were demonstrating 4GHz processors about 4 or 5 years ago and they still aren't on the market (they probably never will be in the form that was demonstrated).

Don't go writing this off as a hoax just yet. The guy in charge of research at AtomChip has some pretty astounding qualifications. When Albert Fert and Peter Grunberg discovered Giant MagnetoResistance, I would say lots of people denied their claims were true. They have since won a Nobel prize for said discovery, and for it's effects on the data storage industry (indirectly, all of us)

Thanks,

P.S. Please don't all flame me at once wink
Posted by Climber  in  Australia  on  Tue Jan 15, 2008  at  12:09 AM
On an aside, my favourite quote relating to this field is from Richard Feynman, who said "Anybody who says they understand quantum physics is either lying or crazy."

I think that about sums it up...
Posted by Climber  in  Australia  on  Tue Jan 15, 2008  at  01:58 AM
To Climber and all of you who go with the principle that anything can be true unless proven otherwise...it is actually the other way around that is the only sensible way to assume in real world. Otherwise we can all start spending a fortune on "ethereal energy crystals" and related new-age crap.

So yeah, go invest in this bogus company if their quantum mumbo-jumbo and poorly photoshopped pictures are good enough for you (ever wondered why they put so much emphasis on the fact that every device has an indicator of free storage space? - simple, it's easy to 'shop). But me, I'll rather wait to see it actually work. Jugding by the fact that they're telling basically the same thing for three years now, I think it's very safe to assume it's a hoax. I wonder how many of the positive comments here come from the people employed at the "Atom Chip Corporation"...
Posted by Hubert  on  Tue Jan 15, 2008  at  04:54 AM
I don't know why this shouldn't be true, they are currently focussing on solar memory, so what was mentioned before happened: They focussed on industry because they got the money for this big stuff.

I'll wait and see if there will be any of those processors or memory modules in approx. 5
2-3 years or so. I don't think we're going to see them any earlier and by then Sandisk will have gotten their memory density of 139 GB/cm
Posted by S.H.  in  Germany  on  Wed Jan 30, 2008  at  12:20 PM
Its good chip!
Posted by Laptoper  on  Wed Apr 23, 2008  at  08:16 AM
If you want to purchase the (quantum optic) Atom Chip Computer from Atom Chip Corporation in Westbury NY, you can write to them and ask for one. They will reply that they only sell their Atom Chip Computers to US Army for $20,000 each. So, although it may be a real device as claimed, developed in work at Kappa Numerics in Israel and at Intel also, possibly, and patented by Dr. Shimon Gendlin, possibly associated with a company called CompuTechnics, the computer is not available to the general consumer yet; at least, that is the situation I found, over the past few years. Also, as far as I know, the new 2008 Intel "Atom" computer is not the same at all, certainly has nothing to do with "quantum optic" computer technology; it may be Intel's attempt to dominate and subvert the new market that is being created for the Atom Chip Corporation's computer, under the patent ownership of Dr. Shimon Gendlin. Patent rights are established by Dr. Gendlin I believe, but from what I have read also, the Kappa Numerics group in Israel seems to claim they have some prior rights to the patented invention developed under their auspices. Not sure if Kappa Numerics is still in existence, but we know Intel still is; and certainly will not give up without a fight if Dr. Gendlin's computer is as powerful and dependable as claimed at CES and in their website.
Posted by Jay Dillon  in  Maine USA  on  Mon Jul 21, 2008  at  01:00 AM
A post I saw on this thread made me laugh so hard. Seeing as it's the year 2009 now, and it was posted back in 2006, I guess I can't really blame. Technology has increased exponentially. And the statement they made was "1tb for a hard drive? i would kill for that!" or something along those lines. I laughed so hard, thinking about the fact that my PS3 is the proud new owner of a after-market installed 500 gb hard drive, which is 2.3 inch big. If it could hold a bigger hard drive (as far as space goes) it would of been in the realm of 1 tb+ very easy. Kinda funny.
Posted by Ash  on  Sun Jun 21, 2009  at  04:35 PM
A recent visit on their website shows that 1: it has been rebuilt from scratch 2: they now work ONLY with military and space industry.
They removed almost all the technical details on their technology from the site and obviously, the site has been made by pros.
Login pages everywhere.
Looks like their claims were actually true and the millitary doesn't want it to be released for civilian use.
If this is the case, it means that any conventionnal encryption technology is now obsolete. (128 or 256 bits, AES, Swordfish or SSL for instance) With the chips they were displaying before they "disapear" from civilian eyes, this company can actually test every possible keys at once, no matter how long it is.
Posted by Porcy  on  Wed Nov 25, 2009  at  06:07 PM
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Posted by Hard Drive Recovery  in  usa  on  Sat May 15, 2010  at  01:38 AM
It is fake. And "Dr" Glendin - never attended to any colegge, He served 10 years in Soviet jail for the same bogus memory. Ask him what Univercity or college he gradueted and sent request to the Univercity or college to get conformation - you will be surprised. Shimon is exraordinary liar
Posted by Igor  in  New York  on  Fri Jul 09, 2010  at  11:12 AM
Igor, I'm sorry, but I really have a hard time taking statements seriously when their author attempts to degrade someone's intelligence, yet is unable to correctly use simple grammar and is unable to spell "university", "graduated", and/or "confirmation" - I haven't seen/heard anything to discredit Atom Chip in any way.
Posted by David  in  Texas  on  Mon Jul 19, 2010  at  08:41 PM
Despite his spelling, Igor is right. "Dr" Gendlin did exactly the same thing back in the 60s in Soviet Russia. He faked college and phd diplomas and did not let anyone look at what's inside his secret black box, touted to be the best ferrite RAM device years ahead of everyone else. Eventually (as he was trying to work on 3 jobs which was illegal in SU) he was caught and spent 10 years in jail. He was convicted one more time in the 80s and then moved to Israel and US. It's pretty ironic that people with his background get away with this so easily. Shimon (Semen) really is a genius, but his talents are more psychological than technical.
Posted by Bob  in  Seattle, WA  on  Fri Sep 10, 2010  at  01:38 PM
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