ArduBee is born! Our speech at the Ardupilot Conference!

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.

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This Christmas, the magic is in the air!


Our best wishes together with Agostino Retrò, in a video made by Andrea Nicola Larosa of Lucernafilms.

We are ready for indoor show, and to bring magic to your events.

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Guest Lecture at Linz Art University’s Interface Culture

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.

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The first prototype of the new 100 gr drone has arrived!

We are excited about the arrival of the first prototype of our new micro LuminousBees, with three-inch propellers and 100 grams of weight.

More info in the ArduBee page.

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Giorgio flew to Braga, Portugal, to attend ARTECH 2019, the ninth international conference on digital and interactive art, to present the paper Deep music on air, written together with our Software Development Manager Guglielmo Cassinelli, and Massimiliano Zanoni and Michele Buccoli from Politecnico di Milano.

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.

Here you can read the complete paper.

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Second prize in the management course!

LuminousBees ranked second in the course in “Start-Up Management” promoted by the University of Genoa – Faculty of Economics during the 2018.

For more information.

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Special mention from Unicredit Start Lab

We are honored to have been selected among the startup Innovative Industry Made in Italy by UniCredit Start Lab, UniCredit acceleration program 2018-2019. 

The special mention came in front of Commissioners after a selection of 11 startups selected from the 183 registered in the category:

  • Nicola De Cesare, Commercial & Business Development Director Technogym;
  • Massimo Dell’Acqua, CEO, Trussardi;
  • Paolo Filipin, Buying Manager, QVC Italia;
  • Gianluca Giovannetti, Central Director of Innovation and Business Services, Amadori;
  • Laura Rocchitelli, President, Rold Group

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Interactive Micro Aerial Robot Swarm 2017

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.

20 / 21 / 22 full program

Luminous Bees. Dancing among art, science and technology by Noemalab

Videos by Lab Audiovideo Buster Keaton 

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First press conference: thinking about LuminousBees

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.

The speakers of these days will be:

Gianni Vercelli (University of Genoa), Pier Luigi Capucci (Academy of Fine Arts of Urbino), Paolo Atzori (University of Udine), Antonio Sgorbissa (University of Genoa), Riccardo Cabbri and Claudio Porrini (University of Bologna) and Antonio Felicioli (University of Pisa).

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.


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