13
May
tessearct_bootanim

What you see there is a tesseract. In case you're not quite sure what that is (I wasn't), the short definition is "the four-dimensional analogue of a cube." Or, to be more specific (for those of you as nerdy as I):

Four-dimensional hypercube; its vertices are (+/-1, +/-1, +/-1, +/-1). It is a polychoron formed from eight equal cube cells that are perpendicular to each other at their faces. It is the tetraspace analog to the square in planespace and the cube in realmspace. (source)

A commonly-used name for a four-dimensional hypercube. A tesseract has 16 corners, 32 edges, 24 squares, and 8 cubes. Each corner has 4 mutually perpendicular edges projecting from it. (In the diagram at right, the fourth dimensional edges are shown in red. (source)

So what the hell does that actually mean? This:

The animation can be loaded up just like any other (hit up our primer on how to change your boot animation, or use one of the many apps available on the Market). It was created by Rascarlo, and can be downloaded from him here.

[Source: Rascarlo via reddit]

Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • Pooya

    A famous eye-candy in topology in inverting a sphere. If anyone made a boot-loader of this, I am all for it.

    from 1:20 to 1:35
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_w4HYXuo9M

  • simms22

    it looks great on the pure black of the nexus s screen :D

    • Aaron Gingrich

      Hey, thanks simms :)

  • http://www.intomobile.com Simon Sage

    Duuuuuuuuuuuuuude.

    • Aaron Gingrich

      Hahaha