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Hey guys,


I want to navigate the camera with the touch features from smartphone/tablet. Neither ArcRotate,Free or Touch-Camera works.

Is Hand.js necessary?

<!doctype html>
    <meta charset="utf-8">
    <title>Babylon - Basic scene</title>
        html, body {
            overflow: hidden;
            width: 100%;
            height: 100%;
            margin: 0;
            padding: 0;
        #renderCanvas {
            width: 100%;
            height: 100%;
            touch-action: none;
    <script type="text/javascript" src="http://cdn.babylonjs.com/2-3/babylon.js"></script>
    <script type="text/javascript" src="./hand.js"></script>
<canvas id="renderCanvas"></canvas>
<script type="text/javascript">
    // Get the canvas element from our HTML below
    var canvas = document.querySelector("#renderCanvas");
    // Load the BABYLON 3D engine
    var engine = new BABYLON.Engine(canvas, true);
    // -------------------------------------------------------------
    // Here begins a function that we will 'call' just after it's built
    var createScene = function () {
        // Now create a basic Babylon Scene object
        var scene = new BABYLON.Scene(engine);
        // Change the scene background color to green.
        scene.clearColor = new BABYLON.Color3(0, 1, 0);
        // This creates and positions a free camera
        var camera = new BABYLON.FreeCamera("camera1", new BABYLON.Vector3(0, 5, -10), scene);
        // This targets the camera to scene origin
        // This attaches the camera to the canvas
        camera.attachControl(canvas, false);
        // This creates a light, aiming 0,1,0 - to the sky.
        var light = new BABYLON.HemisphericLight("light1", new BABYLON.Vector3(0, 1, 0), scene);
        // Dim the light a small amount
        light.intensity = .5;
        // Let's try our built-in 'sphere' shape. Params: name, subdivisions, size, scene
        var sphere = BABYLON.Mesh.CreateSphere("sphere1", 10, 1, scene);
        // Move the sphere upward 1/2 its height
        sphere.position.y = 1;
        // Let's try our built-in 'ground' shape. Params: name, width, depth, subdivisions, scene
        var ground = BABYLON.Mesh.CreateGround("ground1", 3, 3, 2, scene);
        // Leave this function
        return scene;
    }; // End of createScene function
    // -------------------------------------------------------------
    // Now, call the createScene function that you just finished creating
    var scene = createScene();
    // Register a render loop to repeatedly render the scene
    engine.runRenderLoop(function () {
    // Watch for browser/canvas resize events
    window.addEventListener("resize", function () {



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Hi guys!

   See that "touch-action: none;" in the CSS?  I can't remember what that does.  Perhaps... remove it. 

We also have a new UniversalCamera that is supposed to be very handy.  And, has a touchCamera.

Our cameras tutorial and new camera inputs tutorial... speak-of many great things.  :)

@Arktius - please understand that touch events are attached to the CAMERA... so you pan the arcRotateCamera around the scene... until you can see the back side of the mesh.  I think you can also use a UniversalCamera (or FreeCamera) with a .lockedTarget

To use touch events to rotate the scene/mesh on its Y axis, you will need to code that.

So, to be brief... BY DEFAULT, cameras move around scenes.  Scenes/meshes don't rotate to show us their back sides.  With a little code, you can change all that, though.

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With Hand.js and touch-action: none; everything is fine =)

I used a JoystickCamera:

<canvas id="canvas" style="position: absolute; width: 80%; height: 80%; touch-action:none; "></canvas>


var cam = new BABYLON.VirtualJoysticksCamera("VJC",new BABYLON.Vector3(, 4, -10) , scene);

// Rotationspeed
cam.angularSensibility = 10000; // 2000

// Output Browser console

//Attach a camera to the scene and the canvas
scene.activeCamera = cam;
cam.attachControl(canvas, false);
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  • 1 year later...

Just for quick reference, http://handjs.codeplex.com/releases/view/119684   ...is what I found on the babylon instructions to download a copy of hand.js

Although, it is giving a message that it will be closing down... so if anyone just wants to copy/paste from the version I downloaded, this is my server: http://skypodstudios.com/solar/hand.js

I have also been seeing things recently suggesting that we should be moving over to jquery/PEP? I haven't bothered looking into it yet since hand.js is working fine for now.

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