The smallest movie in the world

In 2013, researchers at IBM made the worlds smallest movie – A Boy and His Atom.

The team were researching data storage, and how small could a storage device be? Amazingly, they found that 1-bit of data could be stored using only 12 atoms. This research required them to be able to move individual atoms. But how do you move individual atoms? Well, take a look at this short video below.

 

 

 The movie was made by manoeuvring individual atoms into place to make the simple shapes – each dot that you see in the video below is a carbon monoxide atom. The team then used stop-motion animation to make their one-minute long movie. They even won a Guinness World Record for Worlds Smallest Stop-Motion Film.

 

http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSCX78-8-q0

 

Find out more about the team and the technology they used in this short documentary.

 

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