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.
Hello Everyone,I have a question about Firefly. I installed it and made up a definition in Grasshopper and everything works fine there. But when I try to generate Code it says that one part of my Grasshopper file can't be translatet (in the picture…Continue
Started by Thomas Lechner. Last reply by Andy Payne Feb 25.
It's been entirely too long since my last update, but I'm proud to announce that a new version of Firefly (188.8.131.52) is now available! There are a lot of new features and components with a few bug fixes as well. If you want to jump straight in,…Continue
Started by Andy Payne. Last reply by Scott Penman Feb 7.
It is a very useful plug;I want to know how to determine the value according to the music files mp3.I have known to base on real-time voice to input.Finally, I want to according to the size of the sound discretion determine 0-1。Thank you very…Continue
Started by 未知 Jan 25.