algorithmic modeling for Rhino
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.
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.
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.
Hi all.I'm recently working on a kinetic project involving a number of hobby servo motors controlled by a I2C PWM controller PCA9685. (or some of you refer to the famous Adafruit 16 channel 12-bit PWM/Servo Driver - I2C interface )I realize it would…Continue
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Hi, I am attempting to utilize Kinect's depth stream capabilities; however, there does not seem to be a component for this for Kinect v2 in the latest build of Firefly. It is peculiar that there is more functionality available for Kinect v1. Am I…Continue
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Hi! does somebody has an older version of the firefly firmata to use it on an "Arduino NG"? I tried it with the one from March 25th, 2015 but there is one error after the other... starting with things like "READ_DPIN_CONFIG' was not declared in…Continue
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Hello there!I am currently using the Quad Stepper Motor Stream component from Firefly in conjunction with the quad stepper sketch on the Arduino Mega 2560 board. I have got all 4 motors working independently and responding to the inputs I am…Continue
Started by Andre Kong. Last reply by Landon Vowels Mar 8.