IBM creates the 'world's smallest video' using single atoms

IBM researchers have been looking into the next generation of data storage devices by manipulating single atoms, that and creating tiny movies about a boy and his ball

 

IBM researchers now hold the Guinness World Record for 'World smallest stop-motion film' after they created a short film about a boy and his ball simply by manipulating single atoms.

The video is a demonstration of how far research has come into the study of atoms, in particular how scientists can now use atoms to create minute transistors which can then be used in data storage.

Recorded over 242 frames the stop-motion film required researchers to individually move over 5000 single atoms. This was only possible thanks to a scanning tunneling microscope which lets you see atoms at around 100 million times their actual size.

The main project itself is not simply there to make minute movies, instead the researchers are looking at how to create stable transistors a fraction of their current size.

At present data storage transistors require around 1,000,000 atoms to function, IBM however have found that it is in fact possible to do exactly the same job but with just 12 atoms.

What would that mean for you and us is that if the research can be turned into solid product we could soon see USB flash drives that could not only hold all the movies we own, but also all the movies ever made in the history of filmmaking.

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