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Craig Newman
June 12, 2013
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A Boy And His Atom: The World’s Smallest Movie

IBM scientists Wednesday unveiled what they called “the world’s smallest movie,” which tracks the movement of atoms magnified 100 million times.

“A Boy and His Atom,” is simply awesome. Simple because it depicts the story of a of an atom teaching a boy about data storage though a nintendo 64 8-bit style interpretative dance. Awesome because it everything was created though the manipulation of real atoms.

Andreas Heinrich, a scientist at IBM Research said, “Capturing, positioning and shaping atoms to create an original motion picture on the atomic-level is a precise science and entirely novel. At IBM, researchers don’t just read about science, we do it. This movie is a fun way to share the atomic-scale world while opening up a dialogue with students and others on the new frontiers of math and science.”

The movie was certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the “World’s Smallest Stop Motion Film,” IBM said.

The film used a microscope to control a super-sharp needle along a copper surface to attract atoms and molecules and pull them to a precisely specified location on the surface.

IBM said this kind of science is needed to help improve computer data storage as tech firms run into into physical limitations using traditional techniques.

Here’s the video production. Enjoy!

I think the really exciting thing about this video production is that it opens up new doors for time based art. Video artists are always looking for ways to create interesting effects using digital remediation, organic effects and media manipulation. I’m excited about where this may lead in the future; atomic style motion graphics and film effects.

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