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IBM Makes World's Smallest Movie Out of Atoms

Keith Bormuth

The moviemakers had a total of about 10,000 atoms’ worth of resolution to work with, which didn’t seem like much at first. But “you can actually see his surprise when the trampoline appears,” says Heinrich, speaking of the movie’s stick-figure protagonist. “His hair is moving, his eyes are blinking — that’s the genius in the design.” The whole thing takes up 242 frames of action.

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  • Vanessa Mazal

    Agreed @Casey. Mindblowing! Equally awesome is the "making of" video (scroll down lower on page at

    • Keith Bormuth

      I didn't even see that. Wow. It's a small world after all.

  • Casey Caplowe

    The idea that they are figuring out how to collapse the amount of matter needed to store a bit of information from 1 million atoms to 12 atoms is mind blowing.

  • Keith Bormuth

    I remember my dad showing me as a kid an image of the IBM logo made out of atoms and how mind blowing that was at the time.