By now we’ve all heard about the Parrot AR. Drone ‘copter that you control with your itouch or iphone. Yes, it’s a really cool gadget, but there is another helicopter-inspired project being developed that might be getting some attention soon.
SENSEable City and ARES Labs at MIT are working on FireFly, a project of flying LED lights that hover to create illuminated images. Each light is a “smart pixel” that can change color and move in air. When combined and coordinated, these smart pixels make moving pictures and a “spatially animated viewing experience”. The project would be more impressive if the FlyFire video showed the actual LED lights instead of just a digital conception, but let's give them some time.