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,In the firefly Is it possible to control 3 servo and 3 stepper motor at the same time ?And in the arduino should I open firefly_ Firmata or firefly_quadstepper?For example :stepper 1 - Dir To Arduino Pin 2; Stp To Arduino Pin 3 stepper 2 - Dir…Continue
Started by ALI-HAUNG. Last reply by ALI-HAUNG yesterday.
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 Jan 21.
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 Jan 20.
Has anyone used the uArm robotic arms with firefly yet? I'm just wondering what anyone has managed to do with this robotic arm through firefly so far, and what is worth exploring, or if anyone knows of specific examples for this?At the moment I am…Continue
Started by Mickey Rourke Jan 18.