MediaPipe in TouchDesigner 8

The following example presents a more general approach to obtain the hand tracking details in a Script CHOP. We can then use other TouchDesigner CHOPs to extract the data for visualisation.

For simplicity, it also detects one single hand. For each hand tracked, it will generate 21 landmarks as shown in the diagram from the last post. The Script CHOP will produce 2 channels, hand:x and hand:y. Each of the channel will have 21 samples, corresponding to the 21 hand landmarks from MediaPipe. The following code segment describes how it is done.

detail_x = []
detail_y = []
if results.multi_hand_landmarks:
    for hand in results.multi_hand_landmarks:
        for pt in hand.landmark:

    tx = scriptOp.appendChan('hand:x')   
    ty = scriptOp.appendChan('hand:y')  
    tx.vals = detail_x   
    ty.vals = detail_y  
    scriptOp.numSamples = len(detail_x)

scriptOp.rate = me.time.rate

The TouchDesigner project also uses Shuffle CHOP to swap the 21 samples into 21 channels. We can then select the 5 channels corresponding to the 5 finger tips (4, 8, 12, 16, 20) for visualisation. The final project is available for download in the MediaPipeHandCHOP2 folder of the GitHub repository.

MediaPipe in TouchDesigner 7

This example is the continuation of the last post using hand tracking in MediaPipe with TouchDesigner. This version will use a Script CHOP, instead of a Script TOP. The CHOP will produce channels related to the x and y positions of the Wrist and the Index Finger Tip. We can make use of the numbers to create interactive animation accordingly.

The MediaPipe hand tracking solution will generate 21 landmarks including all positions of the 5 fingers and the wrist. Details of the 21 landmarks are in the following diagram.

Image from the Google MediaPipe

For simplicity, the example only detects one hand. The indices 0 and 8 correspond to the WRIST and the INDEX_FINGER_TIP respectively. The following code segment illustrates how it generates the channels for the Script CHOP.

wrist = []
index_tip = []
num_hands = 0
if results.multi_hand_landmarks:
    num_hands += 1
    for hand in results.multi_hand_landmarks:

tf = scriptOp.appendChan('hands')
tf.vals = [num_hands]

if len(wrist) > 0:
    twx = scriptOp.appendChan('wrist:x')
    twy = scriptOp.appendChan('wrist:y')

    twx.vals = [wrist[0].x]
    twy.vals = [wrist[0].y]

if len(index_tip) > 0:
    tix = scriptOp.appendChan('index_tip:x') 
    tiy = scriptOp.appendChan('index_tip:y')

    tix.vals = [index_tip[0].x]  
    tiy.vals = [index_tip[0].y]

scriptOp.rate = me.time.rate

MediaPipe in TouchDesigner 6

This tutorial introduces the use of hand tracking in the Google MediaPipe with TouchDesigner. Similar to the previous posts, part 1 of hand tracking will just be a visualisation of the hand details from a Script TOP. It will use the MediaPipe drawing utility to display the hand details directly onto the Video Device In image for output.

The TouchDesigner project can now be downloaded from the MediaPipeHandTOP GitHub directory.