Our community hit another milestone this week, with Highland Capital Partners’ announcement that Syntellia will be the first investment under the Leap Fund™. Later this week, we'll be releasing SDK 1.0 and the Developer Portal will be opening fully. On Developer Labs, we have a guest post from Syntellia and Isaac Cohen’s translation camera experiment. Plus, a gesture recognition library, code samples, and space navigation experiment created by your fellow developers.

Featured News

HCP’s First Leap Fund Investment: Syntellia

On Wednesday, Highland Capital Partners announced that Syntellia – the creators of the next-generation text-input app Fleksy – will be their first investment under the Leap Fund. Established to support entrepreneurs who use Leap Motion technology to push the boundaries of human potential, the Leap Fund is still looking for groundbreaking new ideas.

SDK 1.0 Coming Soon

The first 1.0 version release of the Leap Motion SDK for Mac and Windows will soon be available, followed by the Linux release. We've also made a few changes to the SDK agreement. The new SDK includes improvements to background behavior and removes many of the deprecated APIs.

Developer Portal Opening

Later this week, we’ll be fully opening the Developer Portal to the public, so that everyone can freely access the forums, language guides, and other developer resources. You will still be required to sign in to download our SDK, post in the forums, and access Airspace app submissions. This broadens the reach of our community and helps to make our documentation and forum support more accessible to all.

Developer Labs

Syntellia COO on Fleksy and the Leap Fund

In this special guest post, Syntellia co-founder Ioannis Verdelis talks about his company’s journey from early Leap Motion developer to a funded app-maker – including some tips on pitching to investors.
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Forever Fields and Translation Camera

“In my never-ending quest to figure out the ‘best’ way to interact with the Leap Motion Controller, I find a lot of my thoughts focusing on camera movements. In this post, we’ll be looking at my Translation Camera experiment.” 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

my3681 created a free and open gesture recognition library, built for Objective-C and C#, on top of the Leap Motion SDK.

Theo Armour posted 9 code examples and a 3D desktop demo using Leap.js and Three.js.

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

The team at real-time analytics firm GoSquared mapped location analytics to a Leap Motion-enabled 3D globe. Use one open hand to turn the globe, and two open hands to zoom in and out. Try it for yourself, or watch the demo video below.

Brejla created a 3D space navigation experiment that translates your fingertip into a light point, and interprets hand motions and tilting as camera movements and rotation.

Developer Events

Brighton Data-Storytelling Hackathon

The FuseBox, New England House, Brighton, UK
September 13–15, 2013

Artists, designers, software developers and data scientists are coming together in a 48-hour hackathon to untangle the global financial crisis and recovery. Some participants will be experimenting with the Leap Motion Controller to create interactive data-art projects. 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.