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Collision Series 5: Heightmap Collision with Normals

Submitted
1/10/2008
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Description:

This sample demonstrates how to use information about a heightmap's vertex normals to follow the contour of the terrain.

Sample Overview

The Collision Series 4: Collision with a Heightmap sample demonstrated how to make a sphere roll around on a heightmap. One way to improve this is by orienting the object to follow the contour of the terrain. This sample provides a more believable effect for objects such as vehicles, which won't always be pointing the same way up as they move around.

This sample demonstrates how to do this by moving a tank around on a heightmap. The code involved is similar to the Collision Series 4: Collision with a Heightmap sample, and throughout this sample it's assumed that you're familiar with that sample. In addition, you'll use the technique described in the Simple Animation sample to animate the tank.

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