You’re invited to join your fellow developers at our first official meetup, kicking off tomorrow in San Francisco. This week on Developer Labs, we have some gestures for triggering events and a guide to recognizing taps. Plus, neural networks that recognize gestures, Linux OS control, JavaScript demos, an LED wall, and a glass touchscreen app.

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Featured News: September 3, 2013

Leap Motion Developers Meetup

Tomorrow, Leap Motion developers from around the world will be converging at the 111 Minna Gallery to discuss our platform and try the latest community demos. We'll be taking video at the event for our community members who can't attend.

Developer Meetup

Beta Software Releases

As our platform continues to evolve, we want to give you the chance to preview upcoming releases and help shape its development, so we've begun posting beta releases on the Developer Portal. Our first release is v1.0.8, which includes support for HTTP and SOCKS proxies in Airspace Home, and adds localization into 6 new languages. Read more »

Developer Labs

Click, Bang, GO! Gestures for Triggering Events

“Waving your hands in space is a lot like moving a mouse around the screen – you’re limited to rather simple interactions until you can trigger a discrete event. How can we trigger events with a touchless interface like the Leap Motion Controller?” Read more »

Recognizing Taps with the Leap Motion API

“Enabling tap gestures with the TouchZone API is an effective way to allow quick interactions within your app. Here’s a brief guide on how to recognize a tap gesture, in a way that avoids needless complexity and synchronization problems.” 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

Last week, we shared a video of roboleary’s open-source JavaScript library, which trains neural networks to recognize gestures. The full source code and documentation are now available.

tylerz created a collaborative open-source toolkit for the Leap Motion Controller, including a solution to distinguishing between left and right hands.

Created by whoisjake, Gomotion is a framework that uses the WebSocket protocol to communicate with the Leap Motion Controller.

Developing OS control in Linux. archetipo created a simple program to emulate a gesture-controlled mouse, while hsocasnavarro built an experimental desktop control app, which you can see in the video below.

Desktop control app for Linux

Theo Armour posted several updates to his JavaScript-based Gestification project, including Draw 3D Objects, Phalanges, Castle Flying, and Barcelona Pavilion. You can find the source code to all of these projects on GitHub.

dougui created a JavaScript-based panoramic image viewer that can be added to a website.

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

After posting his image viewer, dougui blogged about his experience developing with the Leap Motion platform.

Rom posted a video of an LED wall that you can light up by pointing.

LED wall

Using a simple pane of glass as a touch surface, Cezzix created huvr – a control scheme for the Leap Motion Controller that can control your OS and games like Minecraft. Check out his demo video below.

Minecraft with huvr

Developer Events

Melbourne Java & JVM Users Group

Peoplebank Office, Melbourne, Australia
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 @ 6:30 – 8:30 pm

kons will discuss how to use the Leap Motion Controller with the Java and JavaFX APIs, as well as his experience with the device as a user and developer. RSVP »

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.