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Firefly

Firefly offers a set of comprehensive software tools dedicated to bridging the gap between Grasshopper, (a free plug-in for Rhino) the Arduino microcontroller and other input/output devices. It allows near real-time data flow between the digital and physical worlds – enabling the possibility to explore virtual and physical prototypes with unprecedented fluidity.

Website: http://www.fireflyexperiments.com/
Location: Cambridge, MA
Members: 510
Latest Activity: Apr 25

Firefly Experiments

As a generative modeling tool, Grasshopper offers a fluid visual interface for creating sophisticated parametric models, but by default, it lacks the ability to communicate with hardware devices such as programmable microcontrollers or haptic interfaces. Firefly fills this void. It is an extension to the Grasshopper’s parametric interface; combining a specialized set of components with a novel communication protocol (called the Firefly Firmata or Firmware) which together enable real-time communication between hardware devices and the parametric plug-in for Rhino.


Key Features

  • Read / Write to Arduino microcontrollers and other devices
  • Visualize Sensor Data within Firefly / Grasshopper
  • Control LEDS, Lights, Motors, Valves and more
  • Control Stepper Motors (for 3d Printers and end effectors) 
  • Stream Web Cams and connect with Mobile Devices (iOS + Android) using OSC and UDP
  • Connect to Internet Feeds and search XML Feeds 
  • Generate code to upload to an Arduino Board
  • Basic sound input and processing tools
  • Datalogging, counting and playback
  • Machine Vision toolkit including edge detection, color filtering, convolution filtering and much more
  • Kinect toolkit including skeleton tracking


A notable distinction for Firefly is that it is the first visual microcontroller programming environment designed specifically for a 3-D parametric CAD package (such as Rhino). This feature means that real-world data, acquired from various types of sensors or other input devices (video cameras, internet feeds, or mobile phone devices, etc.) can be used to explicitly define parametric relationships within a Grasshopper model. Firefly completes the communication feedback loop by allowing users the ability to send information from Grasshopper back to the microcontroller in order to incite specific actuations (ie. lights, motors, valves, etc). Ultimately, this workflow creates a new way to create interactive prototypes.

Discussion Forum

How to control the speed of the servo motor using firefly and arduino? 1 Reply

so I have 2 servo motors, Motor 1:  want it to rotate with a SPEED controlled by a remapped value, then I want to tell the motor to keep rotating for time interval "A" then STOP.then once MOTOR 1 stops, MOTOR 2 should start and also rotate with a…Continue

Started by MennaTallah Hamdy Aziz. Last reply by Andy Payne Apr 25.

Polargraph Controller using GH + Firefly + adafruit libraries? 2 Replies

HiI usually just code simple arduino sketches in the Arduino IDE; however, I am now attempting to create a polargraph interface and wish to translate images into arduino code. In order to do this, I will have to convert polar coordinates to…Continue

Started by Erik Sven Broberg. Last reply by Alex Woodhouse Apr 24.

Kinect colour/depth/infared stream not working the vision vector tools? 6 Replies

Dear Andy + All,I found that the non of the video streams (colour/depth/infared) the kinect (1 or 2) is working with the vision vector tools. Is there a incompatibility or is it a problem that only i encounter? Are there workarounds? …Continue

Started by Christian Schmidts. Last reply by Christian Schmidts Apr 19.

Ultrasonic sensor (Receive Transmitte R+T - two functions in one module)

I use the Ultrasonic sensor (Receive Transmitte R+T - two functions in one module),[+] connect to the A0[- ] connect to the GNDin the grasshopper I connect the timer[200ms] to the UNO Read,but the Signal of A0 did not response to the distence only…Continue

Started by ALI-HAUNG Apr 16.

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Comment by ALI-HAUNG on February 22, 2016 at 7:27am

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Comment by Rafael on July 9, 2015 at 1:14am

Hi everyone. I just recently created a group about a project based on the use of arduino + grasshopper and Firefly. It is called The Mini Airflow Tunnel Project: http://www.grasshopper3d.com/group/mini-airflow-tunnel-project. The idea is to use grasshopper and firefly to operate a low-cost wind tunnel with arduino and wind sensors.

Comment by Christian Schmidts on July 4, 2015 at 5:00pm

Is there a way to merge the the Firefly firmata with the quadstepper in order to drive one stepper motor and other devices at the same time with one Arduino? Is it generally possible? Cheers!

Comment by xiao-g on April 18, 2015 at 12:50am

Hello All,

I just installed Firefly 64bit for Rhino5. But when I have trouble to launch grasshopper when it loads Firefly.X. It pops a warning as the image attached. 

Could anyone kindly suggest how to solve it? Many many thanks!

Comment by Juan Sepulveda on March 1, 2015 at 8:17am

Hello everybody,

I share the video from the Adaptive Facade Workshop that European Facade Network organized in Lucerne in November 2014, all the students used Firefly for the mock-ups...

Comment by Andy Payne on February 25, 2015 at 4:55pm

Hi Kwanphil.  Unfortunately, at this moment it is not possible to load in an mp3 file directly.  You could play it over the speakers and use the other audio components to read in the microphone data... but reading in an mp3 file isn't currently supported.

Comment by kwanphil cho on February 25, 2015 at 12:58pm

Hi. thank you for letting me in the group. Just quick question. is there any way to bring mp3 file and play in firefly? I would like to extract data from specific mp3 file if it is possible. Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Thank in advance.

Comment by Justin Hare on January 14, 2015 at 7:41am

Andy, I was previously running Windows via Bootcamp and it worked fine. I had an issue after updating to Yosemite that lost the partition so I reinstalled everything and decided to go the Parallels route. Might not have been the best idea. 

Comment by Andy Payne on January 14, 2015 at 7:38am

Justin, was this working before on a different system configuration?

 

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