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New Firefly Website with Shop

I am excited to announce that Firefly has a new and improved website (  The website has many new features including a new forum and an e-commerce shop which includes products like the new Firefly Interactive Prototyping Shield.  The Firefly Interactive Prototyping Shield…


Added by Andy Payne on July 2, 2014 at 8:40am — 2 Comments

Facades+ Interactive Surfaces Workshop

I am excited to be teaching a one-day Interactive Surfaces workshop for the upcoming Facades+ Conference being held in New York City on April 11th-12th.  The event has an amazing line up of speakers and workshops which are being taught…


Added by Andy Payne on March 19, 2013 at 9:47am — No Comments

Firefly Now Available for Rhino 5.0

Hi Everyone,

After a long time coming, the complete Firefly toolkit has finally been upgraded for Rhino 5.0 (both 32-bit and 64-bit versions).  This new release includes an updated C_sawapan_media.dll (many thanks to Panagiotis Michalatos!) as well as a new installer!  

The installer should automatically remove any previous versions, and copy all of the core Firefly Grasshopper Assembly files (as well as any needed dependencies) into the roaming Libraries folder on…


Added by Andy Payne on February 4, 2013 at 5:54pm — 2 Comments

Firefly Kinect 0.0004

I have just released an update for the Firefly Kinect (ver. 0.004).  There had been a small bug in the Kinect Video Stream and Kinect Depth Stream components which has now been corrected.  As before, this build uses the Microsoft Kinect SDK 1.5, which means the components will only work in Rhino 5.0.  For best results, I recommend using Rhino 5.0 32-bit version as the Firefly Kinect components also rely on some of the C_sawapan_media.dll functions which has only been compiled for 32-bit…


Added by Andy Payne on October 3, 2012 at 12:45pm — 3 Comments

New Firefly Build, Website, and more!

I'm really excited to announce the release of several new Firefly endeavors I've been working on over the past few months.  The first is the release of a new Firefly Build (1.0067) which is compatible with the latest version of Grasshopper (0.9.0006).  This release has a lot of new features including: an entirely re-written Firefly Firmata, multiple web-cam support,…


Added by Andy Payne on August 17, 2012 at 2:26pm — 9 Comments

Firefly 1.0066 and Kinect 0.0003 Now Available

I am excited to release a new build for both the Firefly core toolset and the Kinect related components.  Firefly 1.0066 has several new computer vision components including: Accumulative Exposure, Flip Image, Resize Image, and Image Region.  In addition, The Webcam Video Stream and Video Input components now have settings to control the output resolution. Supported…


Added by Andy Payne on March 13, 2012 at 5:34pm — 8 Comments

Firefly 1.0065 Now Available (with new Computer Vision and Audio Tools)

I am very excited to announce the release of a new build for Firefly, complete with a new suite of tools for computer vision and audio synthesis.  First, I would like to thank Panagiotis Michalatos for his support in the development of many of these new tools.  In addition to his technical help, the latest build of Firefly makes extensive use…


Added by Andy Payne on February 11, 2012 at 1:14pm — 21 Comments

Firefly Build 1.0064 Now Available

I am excited to release the latest build of Firefly (ver. 1.0064).  This release features many new improvements to the Firefly toolset.  Most notably, there is now support for controlling stepper motors through the Firefly/Grasshopper interface.  The new Quad Stepper Motor component formats the necessary data to control up to 4 stepper motors, and the Convert Degrees…


Added by Andy Payne on January 20, 2012 at 11:21am — 8 Comments

Attention all Firefly and Pachube Users

The kind folks over at have been very interested in the integration between Rhino/Grasshopper and Firefly with their web-based Internet of…


Added by Andy Payne on December 20, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Firefly Kinect 0.0002 Now Available

I'm happy to announce a Firefly update for the Microsoft Kinect.  This update has been released to be compatible with the official Microsoft SDK (beta 2) release November 1st, 2011. A major improvement in this build is that the SDK  now allows 32-bit and 64-bit target applications... meaning, the Firefly Kinect Skeleton Tracker will now work on either version (32-bit or 64-bit) of Rhino 5.0.  The official SDK also has many new improvements regarding skeleton tracking, including improved…


Added by Andy Payne on November 9, 2011 at 2:50pm — No Comments

New Version of Firefly 1.0063 and Kinect Beta Release

A new version of Firefly (1.0063) and Firefly Kinect beta release is now available!  The latest version of Firefly offers many new components including: Bang, AND Flip Flop, NOR Flip Flop, Counter, Frame Rate, Stop Watch, and Is Key Pressed.  You can read more about all the new tools here



Added by Andy Payne on October 6, 2011 at 6:19pm — 1 Comment

Firefly 1.006 Now Available

I am excited to announce the release of Firefly 1.006!  This is a major release and includes many new components and bug fixes, along with a number of new tutorials and example files. Here are a few notable features:


Firefly 1.006 unveils a new Arduino Code Generator component which attempts to convert any Grasshopper…


Added by Andy Payne on July 4, 2011 at 8:30am — 13 Comments

Firefly 1.005 Update

It was brought to my attention (thankfully) that there was a bug in the last build of Firefly (1.004) which was causing Rhino to crash upon closing any Grasshopper document.  Thanks to David's help, I was able to track down the problem and a new release of Firefly (1.005) has just been uploaded to the Firefly website.  If you have an older version, it is highly recommended that you upgrade to this newest release.  Our apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused and we welcome any…


Added by Andy Payne on February 16, 2011 at 7:46am — No Comments

Firefly 1.004 Now Available!

Jason K. Johnson and I are proud to announce the release of Firefly version 1.004 - a set of tools dedicated to bridging the gap between Grasshopper (a free plug-in for Rhino), the Arduino micro-controller, the internet and beyond.  This release adds a few new components the toolbar, including the new Ports Available component which polls your device manager and returns the COM number assigned…


Added by Andy Payne on February 5, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments





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