National Geographic Kids magazine has claimed a Guinness World Records title at the USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C for its smallest magazine cover created using the tech developed by IBM scientists.
The magazine cover is so small that 2,000 numbers of such magazine covers can fit into a grain of salt. IBM scientists used a miniscule, heated silicon “chisel” to etch a polymer image measuring just 11 micrometers x 14 micrometers in size. However, the image output (as showed above) is more detailed than what we can expect from such a small print of National Geographic Kids magazine’s March 2014’s cover.
The image could be visible (only?) through a ZEISS Axio Imager 2 microscope and it was unveiled at the USA Science and Engineering Festival. If you live nearby the Festival’s location in Washington, you can also catch a glimpse at booth number 3728 on April 26 and 27.
When IBM bragged about the technology in its press release, it also mentioned possibility of use of the technology in future. The company believes its very-tiny carving tool could be used to develop nano transistor devices’ prototypes, light based connections for quantum computers and virtually invisible security tags.
Regarding the usage of the tool, IBM said:
Scientists envision applications in addition to transistors including nano-sized security tags to prevent the forgery of documents like passports and priceless works of art and in the emerging field of quantum computing. One way to connect quantum systems is via electromagnetic radiation or light. The nano-sized tip could be used to create high-quality patterns to control and manipulate light at unprecedented precision.
Don’t expect the finished products out of prototypes any time soon, as the company is steadily moving ahead with its researches and developments. The tiny tool will be called as NanoFrazor, which will be developed by Switzerland-based startup SwissLitho, who has the license from IBM for this technology. The company already sent its first product to McGill University’s Nanotools Microfab in Canada. Watch this space, may be IBM eyeing on big world via its miniscule technology.
Watch the video released by IBM: