MIT LED Helicopters: The Early Smart Pixels

Imagine a TV display that contains millions of "smart pixels" that can move into different places and reliably create 3D images? That's what researchers at an MIT research lab are currently doing. But, in the absence of real smart pixels, they're using "remotely controlled micro-helicopters that can be choreographed electronically to display shapes and images." (Read more about this in Wired.) The clip above offers a two minute demo of the "Flyfire" project, showing the micro-helicopters in action...


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  • magicien says:

    3D is the future. Apparently, 3D TVs will be launched to the general public by the end of 2010. I can’t wait. They should be really popular especially following the success of the Blockbuster movie “Avatar”.

  • Kelly says:

    While I’m not doubting MITs brilliance…that looked more like a demonstration of trapcode form and particular than a bunch of helicopters.

    I own a few remote controlled helicopters and I just don’t see that as being real…

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