A Boy and his ATOM

Screenshot from 2013-05-06 21:30:11

Really nice movie and really interesting how they made it.


This is the latest “Brand Amplification” project that officially launched today with an integrated paid, owned, earned plan highlighting IBM Research’s work around atomic scale magnetic memory.

Atomic scale magnetic memory?  Yes!  the team of IBM scientists at the Almaden lab created the world’s smallest movie, made with one of the tiniest elements in the universe: atoms and shot through a scanning tunneling microscope.

The film, named “A Boy and his Atom” depicts a character named Atom who befriends a single atom and goes on a playful journey that includes dancing, playing catch and jumping on a trampoline. The film, created by using thousands of precisely placed atoms to create The World’s Smallest Movie, used nearly 250 frames of stop-motion action, earning a Guinness World Records certification as the World’s Smallest Stop-Motion Film. The scientists worked to precisely position and shape the atoms to create an original motion picture on the atomic-level. As data creation and consumption continue to get bigger, data storage needs to get smaller, all the way down to the atomic level. If commercialized, this atomic memory could one day store all of the movies ever made in a device the size of a fingernail.

Take a look at the film and let me know what you think!


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