Rotate scnnode with velocity

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I have an scnnode that I rotate with a UIPanGestureRecognizer around it's Y axis. This is great, but I'd like to apply inertia to the avatar so it keeps spinning (and slows down) once the user lifts their finger, kinda like what you have with a scrollView. Is this possible?

   func addMoveAvatarGestures(sceneView: SCNView) {
        let pan = gestureWithRootNode(target:self, action:#selector(rotateAvatar(_:)))
        if let scene = sceneView.scene {
            pan.rootNode = scene.rootNode
        pan.maximumNumberOfTouches = 1
        pan.minimumNumberOfTouches = 1
        pan.delegate = self
        self.rotationGesture = pan

    @objc func rotateAvatar(_ sender: gestureWithRootNode) {

        guard let nodeToRotate = sender.rootNode else {

        let translation = sender.translation(in: sender.view!)
        let xToAngle = Float(self.view.frame.width) / Float(360)
        let newAngleY = Float(translation.x) * xToAngle
        let velocity = sender.velocity(in: sender.view!)
        if (fabs(velocity.x) > fabs(velocity.y)) {
            sender.setTranslation(, in: sender.view!)
            nodeToRotate.eulerAngles.y += nodeExtensions.deg2rad(newAngleY)

1 Answers

MasDennis On

You can use applyTorque for this which changes the node's angular momentum.

It affects the node's angularVelocity. You can constrain or restrict this effect by setting the angularVelocityFactor.