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A boy and his atom: the world’s smallest movie from IBM

IBM has just released the world’s smallest movie. It is called “A boy and his atom”, and was created by researchers at IBM moving thousands of single atoms on a copper surface.

The film,  A Boy and His Atom, is 60 seconds long and made of 242 individual stop-motion frames, with each frame being roughly 50 atoms wide. It shows a boy playing with a single atom, dancing and jumping on a trampoline.
To make the movie, the atoms were moved with an IBM-invented scanning tunneling microscope, a device which earned its inventors a Nobel Prize.

Capturing, positioning and shaping atoms to create an original motion picture on the atomic-level is a precise science and entirely novel,” said Andreas Heinrich, a scientist at IBM Research.

The extraordinary feat of atomic precision has been certified by the Guinness Book of World Records.startrek atom

In addition to the short film, IBM also created some exclusive atomic imagery for the upcoming film Star Trek: Into Darkness.

IBM developed the atomic-manipulation technique partly in pursuit of more efficient storage technologies. The ability to store data on individual atoms could one day lead to extreme storage solutions, potentially storing all the movies ever made on an object the size of a fingernail, IBM says.

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