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With new features and a variety of under-the-hood improvements, version 1.2 of Airspace Home and our core software is now available – download it today! Then, kick up your heels and explore endless streams of incredible videos with Vimeo Couch Mode and Leap Motion.

Also this week, discover how you can get started with Three.js cubes, LeapJS + Android, and an augmented reality headset. Plus, George Takei punches a shark and interactive sculptures at SXSW. To subscribe to our developer newsletter and get updates through email, click here.

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Experimental headsets are changing how we see the world, either by creating the virtual worlds of our imaginations, like the Oculus Rift, or adding ghostly layers on top of the real world, like Google Glass. At the LEAP.AXLR8R, GetVu’s vision lies between these two extremes – an augmented reality platform where 3D models appear to exist in real space, amongst real objects.

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Could physical therapy be fun, addictive, and stress-free? Last month, LEAP.AXLR8R founder Arvind Gupta showed how Ten Ton Raygun is gamifying the road to recovery for stroke and accident victims. Along with fellow AXLR8R developer Diplopia, they believe that motion control and game mechanics are a powerful combination in overcoming health issues.

In our latest spotlight video, Ten Ton Raygun founder Eric Medine talks about his dream to create his at-home physical therapy app. Since recovering stroke victims tend to tense up as they retrain their brains to perform everyday tasks, his goal is to create a tai chi-like gaming experience that helps users relax while they play.

Patrick Catanzariti loves to play with new technologies and mash them together. Since his recent post about motion control’s place in the smart environments of the future, he’s been tinkering with JavaScript to see how the Leap Motion Controller could be used to control calls on an Android phone. His latest experiment mutes the the ring on incoming calls with the circling of a finger, and even sends a text message to the person calling.

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Using a Node server, Patrick bridged the Android device and a very simple web page that calls on LeapJS. When the page is open and he circles his finger above the Leap Motion Controller, it sends the server a request to go silent.

When a call comes in, the phone uses on{X} – an Android app with a JavaScript API – to poll the server and see whether a silence request has come in. If it has, then the phone will mute itself and send a busy message. Patrick has written a full tutorial on SitePoint and posted the code on GitHub for anyone to try and build upon.

The world of physical objects is becoming more interconnected as new APIs for smart devices become available. What sorts of casual touchless controls would you like to see on your phone?

Hack Reactor is a developer bootcamp where people become software engineers through live coding, real-world projects, and meetups. On March 28, Leap Motion’s senior developer Dave Edelhart and I were invited to present the Leap Motion Controller and Three.js.

Together with over 30 developers (both in training and from the wider San Francisco coding community), we went through a structured exercise to both build a Three.js fiddle and an interactive Three + Leap Motion example. We had a great time working with the students, and thought we’d share our examples! Here’s how you can make an interactive cube in Three.js (with full code samples and live demos on JSFiddle.)

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The Internet of Things is different things to different people. In recent posts on Leap Motion’s Developer Labs, we’ve seen how the Leap Motion device can open up new interaction models in smart environments. To exist within the Internet of Things – to network with other devices in a smart ecosystem on a machine-to-machine (M2M) basis, rather than being just another human-machine interface (HMI) – that’s where it gets really interesting.

The sticky point is that if a system gets its data from direct human interaction, or its outputs go to direct human interaction, then it isn’t M2M, but HMI – the telling point being that the data does not get out beyond the machine to which the Leap Motion Controller is attached. There’s only the one “machine,” the system comprised of the computer with an attached peripheral.

But we’re talking about a device that generates data. If we move up one layer in the hierarchy, by looking instead at the data which is generated by the machine, and make that data available in the cloud, then the difference between HMI and M2M becomes irrelevant. By opening up the data to the cloud, the Leap Motion Controller and its attached computer is now clearly a M2M device and supports all of evolutionary, revolutionary and emergent behavior. You’re now talking about the integration of data clouds in ways that go much further than just HMI.

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Imagine a fully interactive augmented reality – an extra layer on top of our world that we can see, grab, and control. At the LEAP.AXLR8R, GetVu is exploring the boundaries of augmented reality with a platform that combines computer vision with human vision in a wearable device. With Leap Motion interaction, they envision a future where virtual games, architectural models, and 3D designs can live in the real world.

With GetVu’s platform, you could change the colors of a proposed building project on your city’s skyline or play foosball on your kitchen table. With augmented reality taken beyond the limits of the smartphone or tablet, you could look around, see the world for what it could be, and change it with a wave of your hand.

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Everything is awesome with robots. This week on Developer Labs, see how you can build your own Leap Motion-controlled Lego® robot, and how NASA continues to push the boundaries of their six-legged space rover prototype.

Also this week, we’ve streamlined our app submission process, and built two new LeapJS plugins for you. Plus, an update from the AXLR8R team building a real-time sign language translator, thoughts on how to mount the Oculus Rift, and building light and sound boundaries through interactive art. To subscribe to our developer newsletter and get updates through email, click here.

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What if you spoke a different language than your friends and family? For many deaf people who communicate through sign language, this is an everyday reality. The people at MotionSavvy are breaking down these barriers by combining Leap Motion technology with language translation software. Being deaf themselves, they all have a personal stake in building a more expressive future.

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When the first boots of a human being land on Mars, imagine being able to RSVP and attend the event from your living room and actually feel like you were there, right next to the astronauts. Equipped with versions of the augmented and virtual reality technologies currently under exploration at NASA, this is an incredibly real possibility.

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