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,, I am trying to send data directly from firefly mega write to a stepper motor with the firefly firmata.. I got the sequence of pulses that need to be sent.. problem is that it is not being sent fast enough.. I have a 1 ms timer rotating…Continue
Started by Zayed. Last reply by Zayed Oct 19.
Hi guysCould anyone think of any way to control Arduino 5V 4-Phase Stepper Motor with ULN2003 Control Board inside Firefly?I have already tried Firefly_QuadStepper sketch and couldn't find any way around it, for the Sketch only controls 4 wire…Continue
Started by Seyed Ehsan Ayatollah. Last reply by Zayed Oct 11.
Hi, I have controlled servo motor with firefly lately but i couldnt find any way to control stepper motor through it...The (Attach Files) is the way I control one servo motor in arduion with firefly.Is there any solution that i can control stepper…Continue
Started by Ali-Haung. Last reply by Zayed Oct 9.