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Star Wars: The Force Awakens is upon us. Everyone is having Star Wars fever, including me. What I wanted to do is to find the easiest way to control a lightsaber just like they do in the movies. I bought my son a lightsaber toy at Toys ‘R’ Us, and wanted to introduce him to the […]

Whether you started programming at four years old, or yesterday afternoon, there’s nothing like that first time when something you coded springs to life and says “Hello World!” Scratch is a simple programming language that aims to bring that experience to more people than ever, with simple building blocks that make programming fun and accessible for beginners of all ages.

For hardware hackers, boards like Arduino and Raspberry Pi are the essential building blocks that let them mix and mash things together. But while these devices don’t have the processing power to run our core tracking software, there are many ways to bridge hand tracking input on your computer with the Internet of Things.

In this post, we’ll look at a couple of platforms that can get you started right away, along with some other open source examples. This is by no means an exhaustive list – Arduino’s website features hundreds of connective possibilities, from different communication protocols to software integrations. Whether you connect your board directly to your computer, or send signals over wifi, there’s always a way to hack it.

Nowadays, just about everything has an API, from lightbulbs to needy toasters. While we’ve seen our fair share of drone hacks using JavaScript, what happens when your drone is controlled by a closed-end analog signal?

In case you haven’t noticed, we’re big fans of hackathons at Leap Motion, and when it comes to the left coast, there’s no hackathon bigger than LA Hacks. Recently, we caught up with a couple of teams from last month’s epic code battle, including finalists Team Armateur. When Gagik Movsisyan and his team stepped into […]

Want to wow the crowd at your next presentation? Build the ultimate presentation with Leap Motion and Google Glass. Plus, motion control design on Gamasutra, how AnimakeIt! is making animation easy, slicing a point cloud, colorpicker UI tips, and touchless rotisserie. To subscribe to our developer newsletter and get updates through email, click here.

What does raw musical potential feel like? A blank canvas where anything is possible. At the Royal Academy of London’s exhibition “Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined,” visitors have discovered the power that lies beneath the surface with Contact – an interactive audio-visual installation by designer, musician and creative coder Felix Faire.

What’s an entertaining way of getting students excited about electronics and technology development? Showing them projects that have only been made recently possible and blowing their minds! This is one of the projects that I use to do this. Without touching anything, it allows you to control the functionality of a 3D printer. That’s some Tony Stark future stuff right there. Future stuff in the present moment.

In the early 20th century, a radical modernist art movement known as Vorticism erupted in Britain but soon withered after the First World War. Recently, I was asked to design a response to this short-lived movement, and I decided to focus on how I never have enough time to do anything.

When you think about it, time can be a very annoying aspect of life. Waiting, wasting, loitering, queueing, decaying, inefficiency, biding, aging, being late – these are all things that irritate me. I blast time!

Today is your last chance to share your feedback and help us shape our roadmap for 2014. Plus, we’ve upgraded our documentation and app review guidelines, as well as added a new feature to Airspace. From giant vibrating strings that explode into light and sound to grainy music you can create with your fingers, we’re […]