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 Guys,I customized the firmata for arduino to use 3 light sensors (BH1750) and 1 temperature sensor (DS18B20). Everything works fine so far and I can read the correct digital values with the “serial read” component in grasshopper.But somehow it…Continue
Started by Julian Jauk Apr 19.
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Started by johnnyUtah05. Last reply by Shong Apr 18.
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Started by MennaTallah Hamdy Aziz. Last reply by Julian Jauk Apr 15.
Hello everyone,I want to control at least 3 stepper motors using arduino uno, but still not even a single moter is moving.... i already been through all d discussions on this topic... initially i tried with easy stepper driver v4.4 then with HR 4988…Continue
Started by RajeshwaR Mar 18.