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Some more advanced questions about quaternions

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So I'm making a game for the iPhone and I'm retreiving the device orientation as a quaternion. I'm making the device rotation act as a joystick. When you offset the device by some amount from the reference orientation, it acts as a joystick input. It works and it's pretty cool, but it's very hard to use without some good feedback in the HUD.

This picture describes the kind of HUD I'm trying to draw.
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I got the dark green device orientation crosshair to draw and roll just fine based on device orientation.

I have a device orientation deadzone so a player isn't just constantly jittering around. I'm not sure what the math would be behind drawing the outer deadzone circle though.

On top of that I also have a roll deadzone which is separate from the look deadzone. As I was playign around I found I was rolling the device a little too easily as I was looking around so I'd want to have a much bigger roll deadzone. I'll try to get around drawing that HUD element later but I might have an idea of how to draw it since you can get the roll component of a quaternion with

[font=Courier New][color=#000080]angle= 2 * acos(w)[/font] when converting to axis angle representation.

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