Around the world, artists and developers are using the Leap Motion Controller to break down the boundaries between art and human beings. This week on Developer Labs, we have a table transformed into a musical instrument, creative software reinvented, and how artists are using motion control to change how we experience art.

Plus, highlights from Photo Hack Day, getting started on your Unity3D project, conducting an interactive musical room, and an exciting GDC talk you won’t want to miss. To subscribe to our developer newsletter and get updates through email, click here.

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Tokyo Photo Hack Day

Last month’s Photo Hack Day in Tokyo was a fast-paced coding thrill ride with some of the most talented developers and designers on Earth. Check out some of the teams using Leap Motion interaction for their hacks.

How to Set Up Unity3D Projects

Want to get started with our Unity3D Boilerplate asset? We’ve created a pair of tutorial videos to help you get setup for both professional and free versions of Unity3D. To see more videos, subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Developer Labs

Any Surface Can Be a Musical Instrument

What does raw musical potential feel like? A blank canvas where anything is possible. At a recent Royal Academy of London exhibition, visitors have discovered the power of Contact – a new interactive audio-visual installation.

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AXLR8R Spotlight: Reinventing Creative Software

Modern digital art and design tools allow an incredible range of flexibility and control – but often require dozens of steps. With newer technologies, it’s possible to further bridge the gap between physical and digital to create something new.

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How Motion Control Changes How We Experience Art

If the Mona Lisa smiles in the dark, is it still art? Interactive installations express powerful truths by creating a sense of wonder and making us part of the art.

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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.

Highlights & Innovations

Recently launched at the Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Museum in Leipzig, the Effektorium is an interactive installation that puts visitors in control of a virtual orchestra – complete with conductor’s stick.

Community Toolkit

The Leap Motion Controller is a great tool for museum and art installations – but what’s the best way to mount it? This week on the forums, engineer Alan Davis weighs in with his tips.

Speaking of art installations, digithree released a simplified OSC interface for artists and musicians to quickly start using Leap Motion data.

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.

Developer Events

Unity's Partner Pavilion @ GDC

Booth 1402, Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA
March 19–21

Join us this week to explore the frontiers of 3D app development with Leap Motion and Unity Technologies – and preview some new demos! Plus, Leap Motion experience engineer Daniel Plemmons will be speaking at the Unity booth on Friday at 10:45 AM about motion-controlled interaction design for games.

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