Make Optical Illusions in R Graphics System

NOTE: this illusion has been implemented in the R package animation v0.1-4. The function is vi.lilac.chaser().

This was a sudden idea that came into my mind yesterday. Actually some optical illusions can be very easily created using R graphics system. Here is one example I wrote yesterday:

# By Yihui XIE, Dec 22, 2007
op = par(bg = "gray", mar = rep(2, 4), xpd = NA)
x = seq(0, 2 * pi, length = 16)
invisible(replicate(100, {
  for (i in 1:length(x)) {
    plot(1, xlim = c(-1, 1), ylim = c(-1, 1), axes = F, ann = F,
        type = "n")
    points(sin(x[-i]), cos(x[-i]), col = "magenta", cex = 7,
        pch = 19)
    points(0, 0, pch = "+", cex = 5, lwd = 2)

Focus your eyes on the center + for a few seconds, and you will find the color of the "circling" point just changes (to green). Perhaps I'll write a package for these illusions next year.

Yihui Xie /
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