A frame from "A Boy and His Atom"
The animation frames were made by moving atoms one at a time using a scanning tunneling microscope
A behind the scene shot of the making of "A Boy and His Atom"
Despite the high-tech, paper printouts were still needed for making the movie
The team also made the world's smallest computer memory unit out of only twelve atoms
"A Boy and His Atom" was made at IBM Almaden
The scanning tunneling microscope is controled remotely by computer to avoid interference
A close up of the scanning tunneling microscope
The scanning tunneling microscope
Star Trek was another topic for the IBM team to play with
Is this nanometer USS Enterprise also a record?
Even the title poster for the film was made using atoms
The team produced a brief test piece of an exploding Star Trek logo
Infographic explaining the end of Moore's law
Infographic outlining how the smallest animation was made
Anyone who’s tried their hand at stop animation will know it’s an incredibly time consuming and delicate job. But spare a thought for scientists at IBM Almaden in California who have produced the world’s smallest stop animation movie by using a scanning tunneling microscope to move individual atoms. Rather than competing with Aardman or Pixar for a slice of the international box office, the film is intended to make the public aware of new technology that could increase computer memories far beyond what is possible today.
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