Web Video of the Week – A Boy and His Atom

Our favourite video for this week is A Boy And His Atom: The World’s Smallest Movie.

A Boy and his Atom, was created by IBM (International Business Machines), who have taken the idea of a film short down to new levels – Molecular levels! The making of video (below) gives viewers an insight into the research behind the project, as well as the technology used to create the worlds smallest stop motion animation. A Boy And His Atom has been bouncing round the web and gathered real momentum, clocking up over 3 Million views already.

To make the video IBM used a remotely operated two-ton scanning tunnelling microscope at its lab in San Jose, California. The microscope magnifies the surface over 100 million times and operates at 268 degrees below zero Celsius – photos of carbon monoxide molecules were then magnified 100 million times and combined to create a stop-motion style video.

Anyway we’ll leave the rest to the experts to explain: