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Logitech wants to bring your keyboard into the virtual world

By Shawn Knight
Nov 3, 2017
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  1. Motion-based controllers and gamepads are the go-to solution for most virtual reality applications due to their usefulness in games. The problem is that not all virtual reality applications are games. Virtual desktops, for example, focus on productivity where input devices like keyboards are paramount.

    Logitech is addressing the problem of text entry in virtual reality with its new BRIDGE developer kit.

    Typing in the virtual world is possible but it’s not easy. Even if you’re skilled at touch-typing on a standard keyboard, it can be difficult to properly position your hands on the board once you’ve moved them away from the home row keys. This is where Logitech comes in.

    Its dev kit consists of a Logitech G gaming keyboard and accessory that positions a Vive Tracker on the keyboard. The idea is to bring a view of the keyboard – and your hands – into the virtual world so you can type without having to blindly try and find the keyboard.

    Bringing your keyboard into the virtual world is just one part of the equation. The lure of customization is also attractive. Imagine being able to change the font on your keyboard, colorize select keys or create custom labels for hotkeys. With BRIDGE, it’ll be possible across apps based on SteamVR.

    Logitech will initially be seeding kits to just 50 developers (you can apply for a kit through November 16). Vincent Tucker, Director Of Innovations & Strategy at Logitech, says they may build additional kits for purchase after the first round goes out if there is sufficient interest.

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  2. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,789   +393

    Then maybe you haven't learned proper techniques.

    Recently got an HTC Vive, and I've had no issues typing on the keyboard with the headset on. Then again, I never need to look at the keyboard unless I'm typing special characters like (!@#$%^&*()) I havent quite memorized those yet... and at this point I dont know if I ever will. lol (so yes I suppose I might have a LITTLE issue typing in an email address... but I think I could guess the @ symbol in one or two guesses. )
  3. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 3,152   +1,411

    I don't think the issue is looking at your hands - the issue is feeling the keys. Humans have good dexterity, but it's not perfect. without being able to actually feel when you hit a key - or slightly miss a key - it would be hard to type directly against a flat surface without being able to feel keys.
  4. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,789   +393

    Oh. Maybe I'm missing a point? I'm talking about typing on a physical keyboard, a real one.... Is no problem. No point for a virtual keyboard... anyways, in which case would be visible on the headset to you anyways. So Maybe I'm still missing your point? I agree typing against a flat surface would be difficult. So why would you? I'm talking about NOT needing a virtual keyboard here...
    Anton Skryaga and MilwaukeeMike like this.

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