Logitech and the HTC Vive team introduced the new Logitech Bridge SDK, a virtual reality accessory kit, which lets you see its keyboards inside VR. The $150 kit comes with a Logitech G keyboard and a Vive tracker that replicates the typing in VR by tracking it, as well as an accessory that connects the two. Logitech software places a 3D virtual keyboard model precisely over the real one, once the tracker is connected to the keyboard. And Logitech is currently releasing only 50 of these kits to developers as a proof of concept.
In order to make it easier to situate yourself, the Bridge SDK measures your hand movements; instead of just match what keys you type. Besides, it lets you customize your keyboards in VR. So, based on your context, you can remap all the functions, for instance, replacing hotkeys or shortcuts with actual labeled buttons. And the best part is you can make it works with any app or game using the HTC Vive’s SteamVR software.
If you’re one of the US Based developers and interested in getting one of the 50 kits available, you can apply to join the beta program until November 16. However, the downside of Bridge SDK is not compatible with other company’s keyboard, means if you don’t like Logitech’s keyboard or own a very nice gaming laptop, you’re out of luck. Otherwise, it’s definitely an amazing thing to try out.