This week’s newsletter features a historic moment for our platform – thanks to a new micro sensor, the first computer embedded with Leap Motion technology will soon be available. We also have some insights on menu design and usability on Developer Labs.

In community news, we have several great videos to share – including a one-man orchestra, a virtual dinosaur skull, and a surgical simulator.

Featured News: September 24, 2013

First Computer Embedded with Leap Motion Technology

Last week, we revealed a new microsensor that allows our technology to be embedded in a wide variety of devices – starting with the HP ENVY17 Leap Motion SE notebook, on sale in the US starting October 16. It’s a huge step forward for our platform and developer community. Read more »

Flow Studio Raises $250,000 in Seed Funding

Earlier today, indie game developer Flow Studio announced $250,000 in seed funding to create new Leap Motion apps. The fund will allow the creators of the hit Airspace titles Sortee and Midnight to experiment with new ways of interacting with the Leap Motion Controller.

As always, if you want to build a disruptive business around the Leap Motion Controller, you can apply for an investment from the HCP Leap Fund.

Developer Labs

Designing Your Menus for Optimal Usability

“Menus may be the last part of your app experience that you want to think about, but it should be the first. It’s going to be the first thing that a user will see, and should set the tone for the rest of the experience.” Read more »

On Developer Labs, you can find deep insights and technical perspectives on Leap Motion projects, natural user interfaces, and developer communities worldwide.
Community Toolkit

tylerz updated his open-source toolkit OpenLeapKit with a new right/left hand detection mechanism.

Desktop Leapr, hsocasnavarro’s experimental desktop control app for Linux, is now available for download on GitHub.

To see the latest UI elements and sample code shared by the community, check out Links & Libraries. You can share your code on the Projects & Collaborations forum.

Forum Highlights

Using GecoMIDI and a keyboard, Israeli musician Hagai Davidoff shows how to replicate the sound of an entire orchestra using only two hands. By mapping different instrumental sections to the Leap Motion Controller, and playing chords on his keyboard, he can perform live what usually takes hours.

M1 Interactive posted a demo of the Leap Motion Controller with a transparent LCD display. The screen displays a realistic Tarbosaurus skull, which can be rotated and viewed through hand movements.

John Selstad created a preview of touchable holography that would use the Leap Motion Controller and a cave automatic virtual environment (CAVE) to create a uniquely immersive experience.

Sriranjan Rasakatla developed a surgical trainer demo that uses virtual robotic arms controlled by hand movements.

Developer Events

Leap Motion Developers Meetup

Location TBA
Wednesday, October 23 @ 6:30 PM

Join your fellow developers from around the world at the Leap Motion developer community’s next monthly meetup. RSVP »

Are you giving a Leap Motion Controller demo? Looking to meet and collaborate with other developers? Post your event notices in the Events & Meetups forum.