What do 3D printers and analog clocks have in common? Find out this week on Developer Labs with a retro art experiment and how hardware hacking can change the world. Plus, three young developers on building apps for Airspace, text input interfaces, augmenting the web, and robotic learning.

To take control of your own hardware integrations, check out Cylon.js to hack an Arduino. We’ve already seen Christmas lightslaser turrets, and vehicles – what would you Leap? Let us know your hardware hacking dreams @LeapMotionDev with the hashtag #WWYL. To subscribe to our developer newsletter and get updates through email, click here.

Featured News

Leap Motion at PennApps

Congratulations to all the developers who hacked and coded their way to glory at this weekend’s PennApps Spring 2014. We’ll be sharing more about our experiences soon, including some very cool Leap Motion API hacks.

Compare Metrics + Leap Motion Hackathon

February 21–23, 2014 – Austin, TX
Want to show off your skills to the Austin startup community and build an Airspace app at the same time? This weekend, join your fellow software developers over a three-day marathon with a focus on discovery, gaming, and design apps.

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Hacking Life at 17, the Airspace Way

Like many developers, Chris Galzerano is a creature of the late night. Fuelled by quick afternoon power naps, he typically codes straight into the early hours of the morning before going to bed. After all, he has school in the morning. He’s one of three young developers with apps in the Airspace Store.

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Developer Labs

Proximity Alert! A New LeapJS Plugin

Our journey into the possibilities of LeapJS plugins continues this week with a new open-source plugin that can be used in any app. It sounds an alert when users approach the edges of the interaction box.

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Blast Time: An Art Experiment with Arduino

Frustrated by how he never has enough time, James Miller took matters into his own hands – creating a time control fantasy with Arduino and Processing. Here’s how you can make your own.

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How Hardware Hacking Can Change the World

From controlling a 3D printer with hand gestures to designing printed circuit boards in Uganda, Andrew Maxwell-Parish’s explorations into open-space technology have taken him to interesting places. Recently, Andrew talked about his five-month artist residency at Autodesk’s Pier 9.

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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

This week in the forums – what’s the best approach to detecting hand swipes? Plus, check out the latest discussion about alternative text input interfaces.

Designed for the Oculus Rift and the Leap Motion Controller, a trial build of the 3D space-shooter game Perilous Dimension is now available.

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

Highlights & Innovations

Can robots learn from human gestures? Watch how sensrec is using Leap Motion technology to teach SCARA and Stäubli robots how to perform tasks.

Augment the web. buildAR combined Leap Motion interaction with marker-based tracking to create a browser-based augmented reality experience. Loikled created a 3D file explorer that lets you explore directories with hand movements, combined with head tracking to create a 3D floating effect.

Developer Events

Code Fellows – Leap Motion Workshop

Thursday, February 20 @ 7:00–9:00 PM
Seattle, WA

Get down to basics and learn how to build new experiences for the web with the Leap Motion Controller and Code Fellows. Space is limited, so apply now.


Photo Hack Day

February 22–23
Tokyo, Japan

Watch for us at Photo Hack Day, a weekend-long coding marathon that brings together developers and designers to build photo apps for web and mobile.

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3D printer image courtesy of Printrbot