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HTC and Logitech partner to bring keyboards into VR on Vive

HTC and Logitech have teamed to bridge keyboards with VR. (Source: HTC)
HTC and Logitech have teamed to bridge keyboards with VR. (Source: HTC)
HTC and Logitech have partnered to create a tactile keyboard experience for SteamVR. The system is compatible with the HTC Vive VR headset and is currently rolling out to interested developers.

HTC has partnered with Logitech to bring its keyboards into Virtual Reality on the SteamVR platform on the HTC Vive VR headset. Rather than fiddling around with virtual keyboards in a VR environment, the new BRIDGE system allows users to use the physical keyboard from Logitech in a virtual world.

The system pairs an HTC Vive Tracker to the Logitech gaming keyboard. This is then visible across the Steam VR system as an overlaid virtual representation of the physical keyboard that even produces animations when keys are pressed. It is compatible with all apps developed for SteamVR without developers having to do anything special to make it work in that environment. But they can create inventive experiences around it.

The BRIDGE kit consists of a Logitech G gaming keyboard, an accessory that positions a Vive Tracker correctly on the keyboard, and the associated software (valued a$150). Logitech will be seeding 50 of these kits to select developers with the goal of partnering to create new experiences centered around a VR keyboard.

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2017-11- 4 (Update: 2017-11- 4)
Sanjiv Sathiah
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I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have grown to enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture out now on Spotify.