HTC Vive and Logitech have introduced a new hardware and software package which aims to help developers enter text while building apps and games. The new package is known as Bridge Kit which includes a Logitech G keyboard and a Vive tracker which tracks typing and replicates it in VR. The Bridge Kit will cost you $150.
Logitech will release only 50 Kit initially as they want to see the customers reaction to this product. But, regardless of the less quantity released, this new Kit has certainly raised the expectation bar. The best thing about the Kit is that it works across the entire Steam VR System.
The Vive tracker measures the user's hand movement which makes it a lot easy to situate yourself. It brings the keyboard into your digital workspace. The keyboard can be used for all purposes like browsing the internet to playing games. Not only this, Bridge SDK allows users to customise their keyboards in VR. It means that you can remap all the functions based on your needs. This feature is very helpful for gamers.
Any US based developer can apply for first 50 slots in the beta program initial November 16. Vincent Tucker (Logitech's Director of Innovations & Strategy) said,” Initially we are waiting to see the user’s reaction to this innovative product. This is the reason why we are only releasing 50 Kits initially. If there is sufficient interest then we may come up with additional kits after the initial batch is distributed.”
VR Keyboard has certainly increased the expectation of many people. Turing any electronic gadget like Keyboard in VR object is certainly an indication that we can turn other objects in VR also. But, for now, we will have to wait and see the customers reaction on VR keyboard.
Logitech Announces the Bridge SDK for HTC Vive and Vive Tracker:
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