Gain easy access to the Kinect v2 capabilities in your games
With the Neo Kinect plugin you can use the Kinect v2 sensor advanced capabilities within Unreal Engine, with easy to use Blueprint nodes, all nicely commented, or directly through the C++ methods. And starting with Unreal Engine 5, the plugin is fully compatible with DX12 and all its perks, like ray tracing and Lumen.
Quick Start guide: NeoKinect-QuickStart.pdf
Example Project for Unreal Engine 5: NeoKinectExamples.zip.
Example Project for Unreal Engine 4: NeoKinectExamples_UE4.zip.
Minor engine version updates are not listed here as changes. Only changes related to functionality and fixes.
Front-end (project and Blueprints):
The plugin was created with performance and usability in mind, so you can track all 6 possible users, their faces and enable all of the Kinect's frame types (color, depth, infrared etc) at the same time with almost no hit in performance. Sensor polling is made in its own thread. The frames textures (color camera, depth camera, IR and their variations) are TextureRenderTarget2D (UE5+ only. A custom texture format was used on UE4), which is compatible with materials, UMG Widgets and whatnot. There are functions to access the textures pixel values from Blueprint as well.
The sensor is unique, no matter how many Actors or Widgets are using it. So, instead of needing to add components, you just call functions like with a function library. That way you can control the device from any Blueprint, including Widgets.
Besides access to the standard Microsoft Kinect API coordinate remapping methods, the plugin also comes with other remapping features that facilitate AR applications, like getting the location of a joint in the Color frame without losing its depth information. Every location and orientation was adapted to Unreal's coordinate system and Joints transforms are compatible with the Engine's Mannequin character rig.
I've used Neo Kinect a lot (more than a year) before releasing to the public and removed all bugs found so far, besides making a lot of performance improvements. It was used in applications that go through a whole day without crashing and packages without problems.
Network Replicated: No
Platform: Win64 only