Flyfire – A Concept for a Reconfigurable 3D Display

This project focused on visualizing a concept for a futuristic display technology, one where the display doesn’t have a constrained physical dimension or static configuration. If we had the technology […]

This project focused on visualizing a concept for a futuristic display technology, one where the display doesn’t have a constrained physical dimension or static configuration. If we had the technology to “liberate each pixel” both in time and space we could possibly revolutionize the entertainment industry with the added possibilities in rendering and manipulating the display. Imagine the actual display taking the form of the displayed scenery and animating in time, creating a truly three dimensional experience.

The idea is to make a display system composed of a cloud of small radiocontrolled helicopters, each carrying a small lightsource. The ensemble of all of the helicopters with delicate position control and lighting has the possibility to become a totally new and unconstrained display technology.

This is a project that I have been working on with my girlfriend Carnaven. She was the lead designer for the first stage of concept visualization for this project (resulting in the video shown below) for the Senseable City lab at MIT.

Please visit http://senseable.mit.edu/flyfire/ for more details.


The project has currently finished the first design stage and has received some funding to begin physical implementation.

A screenshot from the video showing the helicopters rising up from the ground and their light creating an illumination effect on the ground surface (image source: http://senseable.mit.edu/flyfire/)

 

A snapshot of different 3D formations of the pixel cloud (image source: http://senseable.mit.edu/flyfire/)

 

The pixel cloud can be programmed to exhibit interesting flocking behaviors, simulating animal group behavior (image source: http://senseable.mit.edu/flyfire/)

 

The pixel cloud can simulate many different surfaces, this is how it is able to portrait a richer experience in for example displaying an outdoors scenery (image source: http://senseable.mit.edu/flyfire/)

 

The cloud can be used to render classic 2D images, activating dormant helicopter pixels when it needs more screen real-estate (image source: http://senseable.mit.edu/flyfire/)

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