This week on Developer Labs, we’re showing you how the Leap Motion Controller is reaching new places – from major retailers to the operating room. Plus, a round of framework updates, more thoughts on menu design, a robotic hand, touchless LED color control, and animating hand gestures in Autodesk Maya.

Featured News: October 2, 2013

Leap Motion in France, Canada, and Newegg.com

Around the world, the Leap Motion Controller is appearing on more retail shelves and online stores. Recently, we’ve added US e-retailer Newegg.com, French retailer Fnac, and Best Buy and Future Shop locations in Canada to our growing list of retail partners – with millions of new customers and 315 brick-and-mortar outlets.

Developer Labs

Leap Motion By the Numbers

Want to take a closer look at our global market exposure? Today on Developer Labs, we have an in-depth look at the countries and retailers where the Leap Motion Controller is available. Read more »

Touchless in the Operating Room

Dr. Guillermo Rosa made history as the first surgeon to use Leap Motion technology under sterile conditions with a human patient. Hear about his experiences with touchless technology in the operating room. 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

In one fell swoop, logotype updated the repos for three of his projects – frameworks for TypeScript, DART, and ActionScript.

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

To tap or not to tap? Following Jon Altschuler’s thoughts on menu design on Developer Labs last week, Oliver Noelting wrote a post comparing the pros and cons of 7 different menu methods.

Prashant_Rao used the Leap Motion Controller to control the fingers of an i-limb prosthetic arm  – part of a project to bring new mobility options to people with disabilities.

Kai Kreuzer and the amazing technicolor lamp experiment. Last week, the founder of openHAB shared this video of an LED lamp integrated with the Leap Motion Controller. Besides switching on/off, dimming, and circling through colors, you can also control the color in 3D – with your palm’s XYZ coordinates mapped to RGB values. Read more on the Leap Motion blog.

Michael Rivera shared a video about his framework for animating hand gestures in Autodesk Maya – codenamed Project PAALM.

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.