It is hard, if not impossible to imagine four-dimensional space, i.e. a
geometric space where four axes are perpendicular to each other. Immersive
virtual reality can help to make such an experience happen. We propose a
system allowing for the interactive perception of a four-dimensional cube,
aka hypercube or tesseract, in three-dimensional space by utilizing
available head-mounted display and tracking technology in combination with
an embodied interaction technique sensing users' hand orientations in
real world space to manipulate rotations in four-dimensional mathematical
For the vast majority of people this approach would allow them to experience such a mathematical construct for the first time - in a playful and embodied way. Also, this immersive hypercube system implements, extends, and validates a 45 year old idea of experiencing the fourth spatial dimension.
We present the background idea, our implementations of the original 1970's experiment and a modern interpretation of it using an immersive HTC Vive system, and first results of a pilot user study.
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