Here’s a strange new Guinness World Record – the image above is the smallest inkjet-printed colour image in the world.

The scene of clown fish and sea anemones measures a ridiculously tiny 0.0092 mm2 in area, or 80 µm x 115 µm. To put those numbers into perspective: it’s about the same size as a strand of human hair, or a single pixel on an Apple retina display.

But this isn’t a regular office printer pulling this off, a new process called 3D NanoDrip printing made it possible . Using Quantum Dots, nanoparticles that emit coloured light according to their size, the rather crisp image was created.

The subject of Quantum Dots is a rather complex one, but the folks over at Techquickie get it all explained in a few minutes:

Finally, if you’re wondering how you’re able to see these tiny fish, it’s thanks to a special microscope. Scrona and ETH Zurich, the creators of the image, are now running a Kickstarter campaign for µPeek; a powerful microscope that is about the same size of a credit card.

The campaign has 18 days left and has raised Fr 119 570 of a Fr 125 000 goal (R1 801 728 of R1 883 550), so it looks to be a success.

If the campaign delivers, you can get a µPeek microscope for Fr 135 (R2 032) which includes worldwide shipping.

[Source – ETH]