The record-breaking world's smallest stop-motion animation film was created using a cell phone and a new portable microscope called a CellScope.
The CellScope, Discovery wrote, is a microscope invented by Daniel Fletcher at the University of California, Berkeley which gives a doctor who has access to cell phone service to send pictures of blood samples to others for assistance in making a diagnosis.
The CellScope was actually created for doctors in developing nations to use, allowing them to be able to access diagnostic services even when a laboratory is nowhere close by. As the website for the technology explains, "One of the most basic—yet powerful—tools in all of medicine is the microscope. It is the first tool for evaluation of skin diseases, ear aches, and sore throats, and is central to the diagnosis of blood diseases. However, only the discerning eye of a trained physician can filter images to provide effective diagnoses and treatment recommendations. We propose to link high-resolution microscopic imaging with clinical expertise through microscopy-enabled cell phones.
We have designed equipment to turn the camera of a standard cell phone into a diagnostic-quality microscope with a magnification of 5x-50x. Cell-phone microscopy will enable visualization of samples, followed by capture, organization, and transmission of images critical for diagnosis. Our preliminary work has demonstrated the technical feasibility of this concept, with parts added to a cell phone allowing us to capture and transmit images of blood samples anywhere in the world. "
The technology has been adapted to fit a Nokia N8 cell phone, and inventor Fletcher was awarded Nokia's Health Award for his work.
Dot, a brief stop-motion film was made for Nokia to showcase the potential of the technology. The main character of the film is Dot, who is only 9 millimeters tall. British-based Aardman Animations created the short film, which runs for one and a half minutes, set a Guinness Record for having the world's smallest animation character reported PhysOrg. PhysOrg also reported that Aardman Animations shot about four seconds of film per day when they were creating the movie. The movie, released to YouTube on August 31st, has gone viral, with over 650,000 views.
Nokia confirmed on its blog that the Guinness Book of Records had certified the animation.
The CellScope is currently being tested in Uganda, and has "... already successfully imaged malaria and tuberculosis," said the Blum Center for Developing Economies.
Aardman Animations are the creators of animation movie greats such as Chicken Run and Flushed Away. The animation company is also responsible for such television shows as Shaun of the Sheep and Creature Comforts. They are also the creators of the wildly popular series, Wallace and Grommit. The diverse company makes commercials and cartoons, including the latest television commercials for the Toronto Zoo.
The Nokia N8 will be available on the market this fall. The phone, according to Nokia, "... introduces a 12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and Xenon flash, HD-quality video recording, film editing software and Dolby surround sound. All in a beautiful, aluminium design."
The phone is available in select quantities in Europe, and costs Eur 370 before taxes, according to the press release. The phone is getting rave reviews in the tech world for its high-end capacities and its price.