World’s smallest house is too small, even for mites

This miniature abode takes the tiny home movement to new levels, as it has been dubbed the WORLD’S SMALLEST HOUSE.

On a foundation that’s 300 micrometers by 300 micrometers – about half the size of the average grain of sand – the home, which is also only 20 micrometers long, is too small even for a mite to enter.

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It comes with all the expected features, though: four walls, seven windows and a chimney.

It was crafted by nano-robotics researchers at Femto-ST Institute, in Besancon, France, and was made using a layer of silica set on the tip of an optical fiber.

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That fiber is less than the width of a human hair, and in order create the home, researchers used a platform called uRobotex.

The home was then built inside of the scanning electron microscope’s vacuum chamber – a technique similar to origami.

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It is hoped that team can use this technology in the future to insert such fibers into the likes of blood vessels.

The dwelling was recently revealed in a paper published in the Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology A.

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The American Institute of Physics, which publishes the journal, explains in a statement: “The focused ion beam is used like scissors to cut or score the silica membrane ‘paper’ of the house.

“Once the walls fold into position, a lower power setting is selected on the ion gun, and the gas injection system sticks the edges of the structure into place.

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“The low-power ion beam and gas injection then gently sputters a tiled pattern on the roof, a detail that emphasizes the accuracy and flexibility of the system.”