On Sunday 29 March, our Creative R&D Director Giorgio Rinolfi presented ArduBee, our new 3 ” micro-drone, at the Ardupilot Conference, an annual reference event for all the developers of the community. Good vision!
We therefore decided to create a post on the Ardupilot forum to inform even more people of the birth of ArduBee, which becomes a point of reference where to write updates and talk to the community.
On December 3, 2019, at the Linz University of Art, the Master Program Interface Cultures invited our Creative R&D Director Giorgio Rinolfi to hold a conference in the context of the INVITED CULTURE READING SERIES:
Aerial Media Arts and LuminousBees, an Open Source robotic swarm ecosystem for public Arts
The development of the services and applications in the shared airspace and the lack of awareness in terms of its potential community use, has started the creation of “Aerial Media Arts”. Ongoing research has in “swarm robotics” the main tool for artistic investigation, performance and dataset visualization for the community.
This lecture will give you an overview on the state of the current UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) research. From the traditional aircraft models to the drones and hybrid VTOL system, the autonomous ability has always been required.
Luminousbees is a platform for research and creative applications with swarm of MAV (Micro Air Vehicles). It’s based on the open-source project Ardupilot, the most advanced, full-featured and reliable open source autopilot software available. It is the only autopilot software capable of controlling any vehicle system imaginable, from conventional airplanes, multirotors, and helicopters, to boats and even submarines.
Humans have always been fascinated with natural swarms, remarkable examples of social organisms that rely upon the mutual coexistence of a multitude of simple elements each one assigned with different functions. Swarm Intelligence is a recent scientific area that take inspiration from the behaviors of living beings and aims to transfer the laws that govern the collective behavior to multi-agents’ hardware and software systems or platforms. The application of swarm intelligence to flying robotics allows to provide them with the ability of self-organization based on some input.
Aerial Media Art (AMA) is a novel form of visual language that aims at exploits the air volume surrounding the audience as a 3D performative media space through a swarm of luminous drones. By using the air volume as the stage, the audience is surrounded by and immersed in the performance in a multi-angle fashion, where each participant has his own point of view. This approach is an effective way to drive participants into the human and machine issue in a personalized way.
The artwork is our contribute to this investigation by exploiting immersive audio-video performance in the aerial space, Aerial Media Art (AMA). Deep music on air is a performance that aims to provide a N-dimensional visualization of music, through the motion, rotation and lighting of our swarm of drones.
We employ Deep Neural Networks trained to listen to a music piece, and we connect abstract generated knowledge to the immersive light performance on air provided by the swarm of drones.
3 Days Seminar + Laboratory organized at University Campus Savona on 20 – 21 -22 February 2017
Three days to describe the ecosystem relationships, thanks to artistic, scientific and technological research.
Define the ecosystem relationships between artistic, scientific and technological research: swarms of drones for aerial choreography inspired by the bee orientation dance.
The event offered a transdisciplinary path for a group made up of artists, designers, scientists, technologists and intellectuals.
The three days saw the alternation of interventions by some of the leading exponents of research in Italy, and laboratory sessions conducted by the founders of LuminousBees, to learn the technologies involved in the project.
The goal is that the intersection between theoretical and practical approach develops both the technical knowledge and the analytical thinking of the participants, around the topics explored: Biologic Inspired Swarm Robotics and prototyping of swarms of micro drones with IOT technologies and data analysis techniques and data visualization, for the expression of choreography and interactive, visual and sound languages, of aerial performance. In particular, the study of the bee will be addressed, intended as an example of an excellent nature for the survival of the species, as a single Superorganism.
The participants in this edition were the first to have contributed to the definition of the ecosystem relationships of the LuminousBees hardware and software platform.
Living airspace through the interaction between art, science and technology
14 dicember 2016 h. 17:00-18:30
Civic Museum of Contemporary Art Villa Croce (GE)
Event promoted by: Dibris Unige Department, Open Your Art, Civic Museum of Contemporary Art Villa Croce, Honey Bar.
LuminousBees is a nascent startup winner of the StartCup University of Genoa call for tenders and the Innovation Hub special award – Research and Entrepreneurship Foundation. It is composed of an international team of researchers in the field of art, media and design, used as catalysts for social and technological innovation: the computer engineer prof. Gianni Vercelli, Giorgio Rinolfi and Lorenzo Marcenaro, who for seven years have been developing UAV technologies at the Dibris Unige Department, Colorsound, interaction designer, creator of interactive works all over the world, and Ing. Luigi Rinolfi, head of hardware development.
The team presents to the public, the eponymous prototype, the first LuminousBees platform: a swarm of micro drones, which will allow artists of all disciplines to express themselves in airspace through lights, sounds and interactions.
On the same occasion, the group launches the first edition of the Interactive Aerial Media Shows workshop, promoted by the Dibris Unige Department, which will take place at the Savona Campus, and whose results will be presented to the public at the Villa Croce Civic Museum of Contemporary Art (GE) , with the collaboration of Open Your Art.
With its project LuminousBees it inaugurates the Aerial Media Arts, a new frontier for the arts in Italy, which will revolutionize the design of shows, concerts, exhibits and gaming: interactive audiovisual choreographic works created in the air space with flocks of UAV technologies, more commonly called drones, or aerial robots.
He launches his project with a public presentation of the team and the prototype, and invites to his Interactive Aerial Media Shows Workshop. “Defining ecosystem relations”, the first in a series of transdisciplinary participatory training and planning events, which will be held from 20 to 22 February 2017 at the Savona Unige Campus: artists, designers and technologists, selected by public tender, they will explore the interactions between humans, robots and nature for a definition of the balance, harmony and beauty of the interactive platform’s behavior.
Prototyping, design and programming of swarms of micro drones with IOT technologies and techniques of data analysis & visualization, for the expression of choreographies / languages for aerial performances, based on the study of the biology of the behavior of flocks of the animal world, in particular that of the bees.
The program will lead the participants to the realization of the first public demonstration of LuminousBees at the Civic Museum of Contemporary Art Villa Croce on February 25th 2017. The day will also host a section dedicated to children with an educational workshop curated by Alpamiele and a tasting counter walking with AMI Honey Ambassadors.