Hand Tracking


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Use hand tracking to track the position of a person’s hand in the frame. Hand tracking performs palm detection and provides information for the 2D position of the hand and the width and height of the hand.

Hand tracking uses the hand tracking machine learning model from MediaPipe, as described in this model card.

Enable hand tracking by adding a ARHandTrackingManager to your scene script and registering an event handler for ARHandTrackingManager.HandTrackingUpdated.

using Niantic.ARDK.AR.Awareness;
using ARDK.Extensions;

public class MySceneScript: MonoBehaviour
    private ARHandTrackingManager _handTrackingManager;

    private void Start()
        _handTrackingManager.HandTrackingUpdated += OnHandTrackingUpdated;

In your event handler inspect the TrackingData.AlignedDetections list for hand tracking data.

private void OnHandTrackingUpdated(HumanTrackingArgs args)
    var data = args.TrackingData;
    for(var i=0; i < data.AlignedDetections.Count; i++)
        var item = data.AlignedDetections[i];
        Debug.Log(item.X +" "+ item.Y + " -- " + item.W + " " + item.H );

If you can’t use ARHandTrackingManager in your script, you can enable hand tracking by enabling IsPalmDetectionEnabled in your session’s ARWorldTrackingConfiguration, and then add your own event handler for ARSession.HandTracker.HandTrackingStreamUpdated.

See more code examples in the HandTracking example Unity scene in ARDK-examples under ContextAwareness/HumanAR.