Logitech Bridge, interface between physical keyboard and virtual reality
Positioned the tracker interface in the upper left corner of the keyboard, the Logitech application creates a virtual model of each key, as well as the position of hands and fingers next to the key.
Logitech presented a short video, a kit dedicated to transporting its keyboards and movements of hands and fingers on the keys, directly in virtual environments, combined for example with the use of VR systems: precisely the interface is called Logitech Bridge and in the presentation movie is shown in conjunction with a Vive VR viewer from HTC.
Positioned the tracker interface in the upper left corner of the keyboard, the Logitech application creates a virtual model of each key, as well as the position of hands and fingers next to the key. For the time being, this new technology has been made available in only 50 developer kits, in order that it can be implemented and tested at its best before making it a consumer product in all respects.
The downside, beyond the current limited availability, is the price: keyboard and software prototype are proposed at a cost of $150, for the hardware interface Logitech Bridge instead of $99 and for the HTC Vive instead you have to pay $599. For the time being, the compatible hardware is obviously limited to Logitech gaming peripherals and to HTC VIVE VR, but if the adopted standards are extended, this new technology can be easily combined with any other device.
As for the software, using the product SteamVR, already a partner HTC, this kit can be easily combined with systems, games and applications already compatible with this platform: in addition, the Logitech system also allows developers who use it to overlay various layouts customized to the common physical keyboard, creating completely customizable environments for your typing needs and easily interchangeable.