Today’s newsletter features some highlights from the first-ever official Leap Developers Meetup in San Francisco. We also have the first confirmed use of the Leap Motion Controller under sterile operating conditions for human surgery, an inside look at our community teams, and how Elon Musk and SpaceX are using 3D interaction to design rocket parts.

In other news, we have a guide to converting web apps into native apps, a JavaScript-based gesture recorder, and 3 upcoming events. Plus, we hit 100 titles in the Airspace Store this week, with plenty more on the way. If you have any questions, or want to share an item for the newsletter, get in touch by posting on our general discussion forum.

Featured News: September 11, 2013

Guillermo Rosa

Last week, dentist Guillermo Rosa used the Leap Motion Controller to navigate medical imaging software during a dental implant regenerative surgery. It’s the first confirmed use of our technology being used under surgical conditions for a human patient.

Developer Labs

Leap Motion Developer Meetup

Last week’s meetup drew hundreds of developers to 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco, where Leap Motion co-founder David Holz and other speakers discussed the future of our platform. Today on Developer Labs, get the inside scoop. Read more »

Inside Leap Motion: Developer Community Teams

Community Teams

At Leap Motion, working with thousands of highly talented and creative developers is an essential part of what makes us tick. Meet Avi and Kiwi – two key people on our developer community teams. Read more »

Elon Musk Designs Rockets in the Air

Elon Musk

Elon Musk and SpaceX want to take humanity to other planets. To help make that dream a reality, he’s been using the Leap Motion Controller to design a rocket part prototype using hand gestures. 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

Want to convert a web app for Airspace? Oliver Noelting posted a comprehensive guide for creating native Leap Motion apps by using node-webkit.

hsocasnavarro shared the code for Motion Harp, a 3D virtual instrument that he created with Python on Ubuntu.

Motion Harp

In the latest addition to Theo Armour’s Gestification project, jestPlay is a JavaScript app that allows you to record, save and replay Leap Motion gestures.

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

richardk posted a video of his Oculus Rift demo that features arbitrary gesture recognition to perform magic spells.

Oculus Rift demo

Developer Events

Leap Motion at TwilioCon

Design Concourse, San Francisco, CA
Wednesday, September 18 @ 3:00 – 3:30 PM

Join senior software engineer Joshua Hull to hear about how our platform can create more efficient and natural user interfaces for communications using Leap.js. Registration is free fore students. Learn more »

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 »

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.