Our world is on the verge of a radical shift where our physical and digital realities merge and blend together. On Thursday, Leap Motion CTO and co-founder David Holz shared his thoughts on what’s happening behind the scenes of the VR industry, and how we can make our new reality feel more human.

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Unity Widgets are back – with a new name and massively streamlined functionality! Just released for our Unity Core Assets, the UI Input Module provides a simplified interface for physically interacting with World Space Canvases within Unity’s UI System. This makes it simple for developers to create one-to-one tactile user interfaces in VR.

The module also provides “CompressibleUI” scripts that enable UI elements to pop-up and flatten in response to touch. You can try the new inputs in our latest Developer Gallery demo, or download the Module from our Unity page.

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In rebuilding our Unity developer toolset from the ground up, we started by rearchitecting the interfaces that receive data from the Leap Motion device. Moving up the tech stack, we then refactored most of the mid-level Unity scripts that pair the Leap hand data with 3D models and manages those representations. Most recently, we’ve moved another step up our stack to the code that drives the 3D models themselves.

With the release of our new Hands Module, we’ve returned to providing a range of example hands to add onto our new Orion toolset. We’ve started with a small set of examples ranging from rigged meshes with improved rigged mesh workflow, to abstract geometric hands that are dynamically generated based on the real-world proportions of the user’s hand!

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With this week’s Unity Core Asset release, we’ve made a few changes to our Pinch Utilities – including some new features that extend its capabilities! These new utilities have been folded into the main Core Assets package, retiring the former Pinch Utility module.

So what are these new features? We call them Detectors, and they provide a convenient way to detect what a user’s hand is doing. In addition to detecting pinches, you can now detect when the fingers of a hand are curled or extended, whether a finger or palm is pointing in a particular direction, and whether the hand or fingertip are close to one of a set of target objects. (A grab detector is coming soon!)

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For hundreds of years, dead bodies (cadavers) have taught medical students about human anatomy. In cadaver labs, students dissect, touch, rotate, and explore organs in hands-on experiences that make knowledge stick for a lifetime.

Unfortunately, these experiences are out of reach for most of us. Cadaver labs are expensive to run and cadavers are in limited supply, so non-medical students have to settle for secondary learning experiences like iPad apps and websites. These experiences are good, but not nearly as effective as the hands-on learning experiences students get in the lab.

That’s why we created CadaVR, a “living” virtual reality cadaver lab that emulates a real cadaver lab, minus the crowd (4-8 students per cadaver), unforgiving smell, and expensive cost. Not only does CadaVR let students use their hands and other senses to learn about anatomy, but it also has things that are not available in physical labs, such as a simulation of how the heart beats. (If you’re a medical student and you detect a heartbeat in your cadaver, you should probably run!)

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With our latest Unity Core Assets release, we’re excited to unveil full support for the Unity 5.4 beta, which features native support for the HTC Vive. This is the fourth release since the previous installment in this series, when we shared some background on the ground-up re-architecting of our hand data pipeline. Today we’re going to look under the surface and into the future.

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Last year, we featured 6 kickass Unity assets with the power to bring your project to the next level. Since we’re giving away five $100 Unity/Unreal asset credits as part of our 2016 developer survey, we thought we’d share some more cool stuff you can buy with cold hard virtual cash. From a community-created Leap Motion UI design asset, to the awe-inspiring glow effect in Blocks, here are 6 more jaw-dropping Unity assets for your next Orion project.

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Sometimes the right asset can make all the difference. With our 2016 developer survey in full swing, we thought we’d share some great assets that you could buy with one of five $100 Unity/Unreal asset credit prizes!

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Last month, we released our Pinch Utilities Module, making it easier to create experiences based on how we naturally use our hands in the real world. Here are six community projects that are using this fundamental interactive building block for 3D creativity, menu design, and godlike solar system powers.

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Today we’re happy to announce an update to our VR Developer Mount designed to be compatible with the latest generation of VR headsets! The new kit features updated adhesives and a much longer 15-foot USB extension cable, allowing for room-scale flexibility. You can order it now from our web store.

Along with last week’s Unreal 4.11 release and the social possibilities of AltspaceVR, you now have everything you need to play, build, and connect with the Vive. Here’s a quick guide to everything from Lighthouse tracking to Unreal development.

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