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In the end, happenstance in Ramsey's lab created more than just writable waterproof paper.
The card is currently a read-only design, but NTT is working on a writable version.
There was supposed to be a writable version, too, but the primary business model was to replicate and distribute prerecorded music.
Disk drives from 61 manufacturers are covered in the report, including CD-ROM and DVD-ROM drives, CD/DVD writable drives, other read/write optical disc drive formats, rigid disk cartridge drives, card format rigid disk drives, high-capacity floppy drives, and low-capacity standard floppy drives.
Even more significant, low cost tape drives are being replaced by alternative technologies, most significantly writable compact disks.