class Kaleidoscope

The class Kaleidoscope collects all mappings needed to make the four periodic kaleidoscopes. We first have to create an object with

  kaleidoscope=new Kaleidoscope();

and then we can choose one of the kaleidoscopes. With


we would have a rectangular kaleidoscope of four mirrors. Here they are 50 units apart in horizontal direction and 120 units apart in vertical direction. As discussed in the last post, they periodic unit cell is twice as large in both directions.

To create a kaleidoscopic picture we get the image coordinates for each of its pixels as discussed in “improving the class Coordinates“. This gives us a Vector object “vec”. Then, we apply the translation and mirror symmetries of the kaleidoscope and put


From these new image coordinates we get the position of pixels in another image, using again the class Coordinates. Looking up the colors of these pixels we get the colors for the kaleidoscopic picture. You find more details in “looking up colors“, which tells how to read and interpolate colors from an input image.

The other kaleidoscopes result from

kaleidoscope.chooseSquare(80);  // 80 is the length of the smaller mirrors

giving a kaleidoscope with four-fold rotational symmetry,


giving three-fold rotational symmetry and

kaleidoscope.chooseRightTriangle(80);  // 80 is the length of the largest mirror

for six-fold rotational symmetry.

You find the code for this class in the next post.

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