Come Fly With Us

Birdly is coming to town! Early December you’ll get the unique chance to fly like a bird. Take a trip on the legendary multi sensory flight simulator at Le Laboratoire in Cambridge. An experience you won’t forget!

Event Details


Le Laboratoire Cambridge
650 E Kendall St, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142 United States


December 02, 2015 12:00 pm - December 05, 2015 4:30 pm America/New York (UTC-05:00)



Please Note:

All time-slots to fly Birdly are completely booked.


Ever wondered what flying like a bird feels like? Here is your chance! Together with Le Laboratoire Cambridge and through the support of Presence Switzerland, we are delighted to bring Birdly, a Swiss-made multi sensory flight simulator, to Cambridge.


Opening Hours with Birdly in Operation*:

Wednesday 12/2:  12:00 – 9:00 PM
6:00 PM: Opening Event with Max Rheiner, RSVP required
More info here

Thursday 12/3: 12:00 – 9:00 PM

Friday 12/4: 12:00 – 9:00 PM
8:00 PM: Concert by John Aylward, RSVP required
More info coming soon

Saturday 12/5: 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM


*Please note: Visitors must be present in the gallery to schedule appointments to experience BIRDLY.  Advance reservations cannot be accommodated.

About Birdly

Birdly is an installation which explores the experience of a bird in flight. It captures the mediated flying experience, with several methods. Unlike a common flight simulator you do not control a machine with joysticks, a mouse or thousands of buttons: you intuitively embody a bird, the Red Kite. To evoke this embodiment Birdly mainly relies on sensory-motor coupling. The participant can command the installation with arms and hands which directly correlates to the wings (flapping) and the primary feathers of the bird. Those inputs are reflected in the flight model of the bird and displayed physically by the simulator through nick, roll and heave movements…


“We strap on an Oculus Development Kit and mount Birdly, a full-motion virtual reality rig that simulates flying. It’s one of the most awesome and intuitive VR experiences we’ve ever had, and we chat with Birdly’s creators to learn how it works.”

Swiss Design and Technical Perfection

SOMNIACS.CO is closely linked to ZHdK (Zürich University of Art and Design) in Switzerland where several crew members of SOMNIACS teach and conduct research. The collaboration enables both – the university and the company – to push the boundary of creative production in the emerging filed of Virtual Reality.



Birdly and the swissnex Network

Birdly has been traveling around the swissnex network and amazed audiences all over the globe. Have a look at the Swiss made virtual flight simulator’s success in San Francisco, at the Sun Dance Festival, at swissnex India and, celebrating it’s U.S. East Coast debut this past summer, at the Future of Storytelling Exhibition at New York’s Museum of the Moving Image and at the Innovation Expo during Brooklyn’s Northside Festival. This December, Birdly descents to Cambridge, so make sure not to miss your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fly like a bird!


About Le Laboratoire Cambridge

Le Laboratoire Cambridge is a unique art and design center that invites visitors to explore the experiments and wonders of innovators of all kinds discovering at frontiers of science – from leading artists and designers to chefs and master perfumers. Founded in 2007 in Paris by renowned inventor, writer, and Harvard Professor David Edwards, Le Laboratoire now opens in Cambridge as the new center of ArtScience Labs, a global organization dedicated to the development of the most radical ideas that transform the way we learn, imagine and evolve. The design, and architecture, of Le Laboratoire Cambridge, is the work of French designer Mathieu Lehanneur and the American architects Zeke Brown and Josh Fenollosa.



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