Sunday, February 21, 2010

MIT to create Giant 3-Ddisplay with Mini-LED helicopers


Hundreds of mini-helicopters equipped with LED lighting can be choreographed to display a giant 3-D overhead display. MIT researchers project called, Firefly, will use these helicopters to fly in controlled formation. Each copter would its own 'smart pixel' that has an LED which is capable of fades, color changes and everything one would expect a pixel would do...
Today we are able to simultaneously control a handful of micro-helicopters but with Flyfire, we are aiming to scale up and reach very large numbers,” says Emilio Frazzoli, head of the ARES Lab in a statement.Flyfire is being conceived as a installation in a large public place, where the pixels can recharge every few minutes and then perform in space. So far, the team has performed simulations to show the idea at work and hopes to start designing the actual devices soon.
Although this project is mostly theoretical, the MIT team has put together this video simulation and demo of how it may work. Check it out...



Looks great on paper...and the video got me excited, but I'm curious how these little guys would hold up to an unexpected wind gust, a flock of birds or if one of them lost power and caused a mid-air collision causing hundreds of these copters to crash into a building or a house....
.....just sayin'


via wired

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

This might be more practical to do within an enclosed stadium where environmental conditions are easier to predict and regulate (such as wind and birds).

Anonymous said...

This would make a great Super Bowl half-time show display -or- a visual stage element at a Rock Concert!

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