IBM Research Presents the World’s Smallest Movie

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This short film produced by IBM Research holds the Guinness World Record for the World’s Smallest Stop-Motion Film.

The film tells the story of an atom-boy magnified 100-million timesĀ as he plays with his pet atom. Filming involved the freezing of 5,000 carbon-monoxide atoms at -260 degrees centigrade and moving them one at a time for each frame. Atoms are one of the smallest particles of any element in the universe. The researchers/film-makers explains that if an atom were magnified to the size of an orange, an actual orange would be the size of Earth.

The film resulted as a fun experiment while a team of researchers studied the magnetic properties of atoms on surfaces. Essentially, they tested the limits for how small a magnet could be made, while still preserving its ability to store data. IBM says the ability to move single atoms is crucial to their research in atomic-scale memory.

You can also see how they made the world’s smallest stop-motion film in the following video.

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