See The World’s Smallest Color Picture

Posted: Dec 17 2015, 4:21am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

See The World’s Smallest Color Picture
The tiniest inkjet color picture of the world is as small as the cross-sectional area of a human hair or a single pixel of a retina display. (Photograph: Scrona/ETH Zurich)
  • The World’s Smallest Color Picture cannot be Seen with the Naked Eye
  • This picture is as tiny as the cross-sectional area of a human hair

The world’s smallest inkjet-printed colour image cannot be seen with the naked eye. It is as small as the cross section of a human hair. It is printed by using 3D NanoDrip printing technology.

The experts have achieved a new world record of sorts. They have printed the world’s smallest color picture of clown fishes among sea anemones.

And this pic is so small that it is about the cross section of a human hair. Now that is very small indeed! Scrona Ltd and ETH Zurich hold the world record for the tiniest inkjet-printed color image.

After gaining entry into the Guinness Book of World Records, certain information was revealed about this smallest of color pictures. It was created by using the most creative and highly innovative 3D NanoDrip printing technology.

The technology was invented by ETH Zurich and further passed on trade-wise by its sister concern Scrona. The imagery had dimensions that defied the imagination as to their minuteness.

It was 0.0092 mm2 or 80 um x 115 um. That equals the cross section of a human hair or a single pixel on your retina display. In order to view the depiction, a special microscope had to be used.

The pic showed clown fishes around their sea anemone home base. It was beautiful and a delight to gaze at. In real life, the orange and white fishes grow to be 10 cm in length. In the micro-photo they have been shrunk to 0.001 inch.

But no amount of detail has been lost in the process. The liveliness of the picture is due to the presence of quantum-dots (QD). QDs are nano-particles that emit light of a particular hue. Via a tuning of their size, the hue can be manipulated as the onlooker wishes. Their color intensity is very high which only makes the photo stand out even more.

In this pic of clown fishes among the sea anemone, layers of red, green and blue QDs have been used in the layout. And for all purposes it was quite a success.

Up until now, using even the most sophisticated of semiconductors, nanotechnology could not be micromanaged to the extent required for this picture. This picture shows depth, intensity and a sort of crystal clear accuracy that has been hitherto unseen.

The future of optics and electronics looks to be pretty bright seeing this new invention-cum-discovery. There remains the commercialization of this technology on Kickstarter. And that will be the day!

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