New scientist last week reported a potential new development in 3D display technology. The idea is to form a dynamic three-dimensional display from flying pixels.
It’s a neat concept. Flyfire, under development at MIT, uses a coordinated fleet of mini helicopters as pixels which can rearrange themselves to reproduce the 3D effect.
“It’s like when Winnie the Pooh hits a beehive: a swarm of bees comes out and chases him while changing its configuration to resemble a beast. In Flyfire, each bee is essentially a pixel that emits colored light and reconfigures itself into different forms.”