Neo Kinect

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Gain easy access to the Kinect v2 capabilities in your games

  • Supported Platforms
  • Supported Engine Versions


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.

Robust and fast

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 and a custom texture type was created just for the high-res-realtime updates, which is still compatible with the material editor system. If you need to, there are even functions to access the textures pixel values.

No need for components

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.

Advanced Remapping

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.

Fully production proven

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.

Technical Details

Body tracking:

  • Tracking of up to 6 simultaneous users's skeletons, with 25 joints each
  • Users leaning angle, tracking confidence, Body edge clipping, hands states
  • Per Body found/lost events

Face tracking:

  • Location and orientation of up to 6 simultaneous users's faces
  • Face points (left and right eyes, nose and left and right mouth corners) in 3D and 2D (Color and Infrared space)
  • Faces bounding boxes in Color and Infrared frames space
  • Expressions reading (Engaged, Happy, Looking Away, Mouth Moved, Mouth Open and Left and Right Eyes Open/Closed) and if users are Wearing glasses or not
  • Per Face found/lost events

Sensor control:

  • Global bodies/faces tracking events (found/lost)
  • Init/Uninit sensor
  • Get sensor tilt, ground plane normal and sensor height


  • 3D camera location to Color texture (optionally with depth) and to Depth texture
  • Find depth of a Color texture location
  • Depth point to Color point and to 3D location

Frames (textures):

  • Get each frame FOV and dimensions
  • Toggle frames usage individually
  • Sample a pixel value from the Depth frame and find the depth of a Color pixel

Network Replicated: No

Platform: Win64 only

Example Project:

Quick Start guide: NeoKinect-QuickStart.pdf



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