MIT’s Firefly Robots Create Floating 3D Display From Colored Micro Helicopters

MIT's Firefly Floating Helicopter

MIT's Firefly Floating Helicopter

What an awesome display of swarm robotics. These self-organizing micro-bots organize themselves and emit the correct colors to form a free-floating image in the sky.
With a few hundred thousand of these you can create a fully immersive visual environment. Imagine watching a 3D 1080P movie with a few million of these surrounding you!
3D Images From Firefly Free Floating Helicopter Display

3D Images From Firefly Free Floating Helicopter Display

The Flyfire canvas can transform itself from one shape to another or morph a two-dimensional photographic image into an articulated shape. The pixels are physically engaged in transitioning images from one state to another, which allows the Flyfire canvas to demonstrate a spatially animated viewing experience. Flyfire serves as an initial step to explore and imagine the possibilities of this free-form display: a swarm of pixels in a space.

4 responses to “MIT’s Firefly Robots Create Floating 3D Display From Colored Micro Helicopters”

  1. Meredith Turner

    Are individual FireFly Robots for sale?
    Meredith Turner

  2. Nano+Bio+Art | Blog | Day 4 Eman D.

    […] and I remembered this one experiment that they did at MIT University that I found really cool.… It’s basically about these small light helicopters that can be programmed in the sky to create […]

  3. Moombe

    Well, picocopters and associated small heli such as the BladeMSR are running on lipo batteries giving them 10 minutes of flying time. Seen the size of these FireFly, I assume you can’t put a bigger battery in it. So what, you have a screen for 10 minutes ? Woaw.

  4. Amar


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