World's Smallest, Audible Musical Instrument Plays Mario Theme
The scientists from the University of Twente, in the Netherlands, demoed their creation on Sunday. The array of chips was hooked up to a computer (apparently running Windows 95, gasp!) and placed under a microscope, which then projected an image of the "strings" being plucked onto a screen for an audience to see. After playing through an original composition for the micronium called, 'Impromptu No. 1 for Micronium,' the tiny instrument ran through a series of songs that might be more familiar to your ears, including the aforementioned 'Super Mario Bros.' theme. Check out the video after the break, and if you're the impatient type, skip right to the six-minute mark to hear the micronium do its thing.