Hi all! I’ve got a question which will probably raise more questions than answers, but I’d appreciate any advice I can get.
I’m looking to create a tesseract, which is a 4 dimensional cube. My plan is to create a custom mesh from a set of vertices, and redraw the mesh every time the rotation of the shape changes. I am not worried about precision as this is purely for visual effect(ie - issues such as Gimble Lock can be ignored), and I will only be concerned with rotation, not position.
So - is this theoretically sound?
Would 4D rotations be calculated in a similar way to 3D rotations?
Would the Vector4 be my friend here?
Is anyone aware of any existing c# projects or 4D rotation math?
Once again, sorry for being so vague, this is a very top level question!
Thanks muchly in advance!
Answering my own question, because I’m just that much of a dick. Results can be seen here:
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The easiest way to draw 4D objects in 3D space is to simply introduce another axis. So you would use forward, up and right of a transform as the first 3 axis. Just use another transform’s forward axis as the 4th axis. To calculate a 4D point projected into our 3D space just do this:
var axis0 = transform1.forward;
var axis1 = transform1.up;
var axis2 = transform1.right;
var axis3 = transform2.forward;
var pointIn4D = new Vector4(xx,xx,xx,xx);
var projectedPoint = pointIn4D.x*axis0 + pointIn4D.y*axis1 + pointIn4D.z*axis2 + pointIn4D.w*axis3;
You could also setup an projection matrix from the 4 axis. I always get confused if Unity uses column or row multiplication, but in general it would look like:
a0x a1x a2x a3x
a0y a1y a2y a3y
a0z a1z a2z a3z
0 0 0 0
a0x a0y a0z 0
a1x a1y a1z 0
a2x a2y a2z 0
a3x a3y a3z 0
I would look up general 4d representations in 3d space. It seems very odd / impractical or even impossible to render a 4d mesh in 3d space.
I would just simulate 4d using a cube inset in another cube. You could also do mesh deformation / small meshes for “pipes” that make up the cube.
This video shows the apparent rotation. Try to simulate what this looks like / does.
Youtube video showing rotation
Seriously though you are going to need to look at matrices with an extra dimension - so a 4x4 rotates/translates and scales a 3D object - I’m guessing that math will extend to rotating a 4th dimension with a combined isoclinic matrix or something :S. Then you’d need a 4D to 3D projection matrix…
This is a question best answered somewhere where there are proper mathematicians - I still have to read the manual to work out what all the buttons on my calculator do!
See this: Rotations in 4-dimensional Euclidean space - Wikipedia
Rotation in four-dimensional space.
The 5-cell is an analog of the tetrahedron.
Tesseract is a four-dimensional hypercube - an analog of a cube.
The 16-cell is an analog of the octahedron.
The 24-cell is one of the regular polytope.
The hypersphere is an analog of the sphere.