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.
Andy,I was wondering if it is possible to use the firefly as well as a sketch defined within arduino to run at the same time.Basically, I am looking to run a simple arduino sketch as a serial write i believe to an Arduino Uno while using other…Continue
Started by Chris Kelusak. Last reply by joel on Wednesday.
Hi ! I' m trying to read the data from Arduino LDR/Servo Code and I want to import it to the Grasshopper. But "Open Port" command doesn't allow me to. Following error pops up: "1. Solution exception:Access to the port 'COM4' is denied."I' ve already…Continue
Started by Ukendt Kunstner. Last reply by Siemen Dec 21, 2016.
Hi There,I think I have a fairly easy problem but yet still could not have solved it. I am using ardunio Uno, stepper motor and adafruit motor shield. I downloaded the stepper motor exercise from firefly. The port number is 3 for my ardunio but when…Continue
Started by Levent Ozruh. Last reply by Winsion Liang Dec 1, 2016.
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
Started by johnnyUtah05. Last reply by johnnyUtah05 Nov 1, 2016.