On Developer Labs this week, discover how to start building 3D worlds that you can reach into and control. In other news, read about our Maker and Internet of Things community at RobotsConf, and check out the developer project that won our #LeapSquared photo contest.

Plus, updates to OpenLeapKit and the LeapMotionP5 library, magic painting, medical imagery, and population segmentation. To subscribe to our developer newsletter and get updates through email, click here.

Featured News: December 10, 2013

#LeapSquared Winner

Last month on the community forums, we announced an Instagram photo contest. While there were lots of great contenders, the winning entry was finkelscott’s photo of his Leap Motion project – featuring an Android phone mounted on a breakout board.

Leap Motion @ RobotsConf 2013

Robot building and demos, drone hacking, workshops, language discussions – what’s not to love? RobotsConf is a place where software and hardware collide, so naturally we had to be there. Read more »

Developer Labs: 3D World Building

4 Games Pushing the Boundaries of 3D Interaction

The best Airspace games built on the Unity platform are able to play to the unique strengths of the Leap Motion Controller with innovative gameplay mechanics. M1 Interactive highlights four games that offer intriguing insights for developers. Read more »

A Tale of Two Platforms: Leap Motion and Unity3D

Are you ready for takeoff? In their final post, M1 Interactive looks at two key design challenges that they faced, and how they can be overcome with a little ingenuity. Plus, they cover some of the cool extras built into their free Unity starter kit. Read more »

Building 3D Environments and Augmented Reality Apps

Built as a tool for all creative minds, OpenSpace3D is a free and open-source platform designed to create virtual and augmented-reality applications or games. They recently rolled out full Leap Motion support, along with an extensive tutorial video to help you get started. Read more »

On Developer Labs, you can find deep insights and technical perspectives on Leap Motion projects, natural user interfaces, and developer communities worldwide. Want to contribute a guest post? Submit your proposal.

Community Toolkit

tylerz updated his OpenLeapKit to include a variety of new features, including a 3D-perspective drawn hand, circular menus, and multiple techniques for detecting left vs. right hands. Check out the discussion on tylerz’s forum thread.

During RobotsConf, we saw our SDK integrated with automatons of all shapes and sizes, including Programmarchy’s modular robotic cubelets and albus522’s Sumo Bot.

Neurogami’s LeapMotionP5 library for Processing has been updated to use the latest version of our SDK.

To see the latest UI elements and sample code shared by the community, check out Links & Libraries. You can share your code in the dev category on our community forums.

Highlights & Innovations

Perplex On performed a live musical improvisation using a variety of new technologies, including the Leap Motion Controller with GecoMIDI and Max for Live.

Digital painting on a magic table. Shuhei Matsuyama designed a projection mapping installation that lets you create colorful paintings with the Leap Motion Controller.

Touchless vehicle control. hoooon69 created a Leap Motion-controlled vehicle using an Arduino board, Motor Shield, and Processing.

By browsing medical images without touching anything, doctors can avoid needless hand washing and avoid contaminating their gloves. This week, we saw two developers experimenting with touchless medical interfaces.

Designed in WebGL, this project from mbakerpdx uses the Leap Motion Controller to explore population segments in three dimensions.

Created by Damian Sturm, Richard RIESE is a therapeutic game concept intended to help patients recovering from hand injuries.

Developer Events

All about WebGL at SFHTML5

Thursday, January 23, 2014 @ 5:00 – 10:00 PM

Explore digital playgrounds with Leap Motion experience engineer Isaac Cohen, whose talk “Finding (and Making) your Happy Place” focuses on our power to ask emotional questions through code – including WebRTC, the Web Audio API, and Three.js. The event will be livestreamed on Google Developers Live.