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Paging Philip K. Dick: MIT Develops Minority-Report-Style Floating LED Screens

Thousands of hovering, helicopter-mounted LEDs can make display screens in midair.

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Screens are everywhere. On our buildings. In our cars (and outside them). In our pockets. You know the drill.

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But except for a few interesting projected interfaces, like Pranav Mistry’s SixthSense technology, the screens have been frustratingly grounded. Forget flying cars–where are our flying screens?

That’s Flyfire, a hovering, programmable swarm of mini-helicopter-mounted LEDs developed by MIT’s SENSEable City Lab.

The Flyfire canvas can transform itself from one shape to another or morph a two-dimensional photographic image into an articulated shape. The pixels are physically engaged in transitioning images from one state to another, which allows the Flyfire canvas to demonstrate a spatially animated viewing experience.

If this is the future of screens, the obvious question is, Where are the ads?

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[Via BLDG BLOG]