IBM Makes Minuscule Film Starring Atoms [Video]
The short film, 'A Boy and His Atom', was made using thousands of these precisely placed tiny molecules.
Scientists from IBM have created the world’s smallest movie, verified by the Guinness World Records. ‘A Boy and His Atom’ was made using thousands of precisely placed atoms, creating almost 250 frames of stop-motion action.
The movie follows a character named Atom, who befriends a single atom and goes on a journey that includes dancing, playing catch, and bouncing on a trampoline.
The atoms were moved with an IBM-invented scanning tunneling microscope, remotely operated by researchers to control a sharp needle along a copper surface to “feel” the atoms. Only 1 nanometer away from the surface, the needle can physically attract atoms and pull them to a specified location. Andreas Heinrich, principle investigator at IBM Research, said: