IBM Research controls atoms for world’s smallest movie (+ 24 images)

IBM Research controls atoms for world’s smallest movie (+ 24 images)

Research team moves atoms to create Guinness-verified stop-motion film 'A boy and his atom'

IBM magnified atoms

IBM magnified atoms

IBM has used atoms, one of the tiniest elements in the universe, to created the world’s smallest movie.

Nearly 250 frames of stop-motion action were combined into a short film, named “A Boy and His Atom,” which the Guinness Book of Records has certified as world's smallest stop-motion film.

The movie uses thousands of precisely placed atoms to depict a character named Atom who befriends a single atom.

The sketch features the atom dancing, playing catch and bouncing on a trampoline.

IBM Research principal investigator, Andreas Heinrich, said the movie was a “fun way” to share the challenges and fun science can create.”

“Moving atoms is one thing; you can do that with the wave of your hand,” he said.

“Capturing, positioning and shaping atoms to create an original motion picture on the atomic-level is a precise science and entirely novel.”

IBM has uploaded the video to YouTube, as well as a making-of feature.

Patrick Budmar covers consumer and enterprise technology breaking news for IDG Communications. Follow Patrick on Twitter at @patrick_budmar.

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