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PoseNet PubSub

This code demonstrates running animation code (via window.requestAnimationFrame, or p5.js draw) in one page, that subscribes to PoseNet data from a program that is running in another page.

This technique allows the animation code to run at a higher framerate than is possible when PoseNet is running in the same page.


A demo is available at

To run it locally, serve index.html from this directory. For example, run the Live Server extension in Visual Studio Code, or python3 -m http.server from the terminal.

The demo uses stats.js to display the animation frame rate (on the left), and the PoseNet frame rate (on the right).

The publisher and subscriber can also be opened in separate pages. For this to work, the they must be each be open in a separate window (not a separate tab in the same window), and the publisher must be visible – it can be placed behind the subscriber window, but it can't be in a separate macOS workspace, and the subscriber page can't be full screen.


To use this in your own code, keep publisher.html and publisher.js the same. (You can copy them into your project).

Add the iFrame to your HTML:

<iframe src="./publisher.html" style="display:none"></iframe>

Add the subscription functionality to your own code:

let poses = null;

window.addEventListener("storage", event => {
  if (event.key === "posenet") {
    poses = JSON.parse(event.newValue);

This stores the most recent pose data into poses, where you an use it elsewhere in your code, for example in a p5.js draw function.

How it Works

publisher.js (run by publisher.html) stores the PoseNet data in localStorage.

subscriber.js subscribes to localStorage.

indesx.html runs the code in publisher.js by including publisher.html in an HTML iframe. This allows the viewer to run all the required code in a single web page, and also to run this web page in full screen modem, without the publisher page needing to be visible.


On my 2019 15" MacBook Pro, publisher.html runs at 20 frames per second (fps). (It runs as slowly as 5fps on an older or less powerful computer.)

For comparison, baseline.html runs PoseNet and at 13fps and requestAnimationFrame at 27fps.

subscriber.html runs at 60fps, with publisher.html running at the same time. It’s only getting new PoseNet data at 20fps, but since it’s running the animations at 60fps they can look smooth.

Other Approaches

The same result could be achieved by running PoseNet in a web worker. See tfjs issue #102 for more information about this.


MIT License


Publish PoseNet data from one page to another in the same browser.







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