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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