According to Vincent Tucker, Director Of Innovations & Strategy at Logitech, the Logitech Bridge kit is “…aimed at helping App makers and SW developers solve the problem of text entry in virtual reality”. The kit includes a Logitech G gaming keyboard, an accessory that positions a Vive Tracker correctly on the keyboard, and the associated software. In essence, it will allow app developers to see a 3D virtual keyboard while in the Vive, making it much easier to find the right keys without feeling their way around first. It can be difficult to find the right keys or reposition your hands once you’ve moved them to attend to other tasks, but thanks to Logitech, those issues are in the past.
Developers will also be able to overlay custom VR keyboards, as the Logitech Bridge will allow shortcuts or hot keys to be replaced by the label of their choice, making it easier to access the right keys. The kit is compatible with any game or app while using the Vive’s SteamVR software.
You probably won’t get to test the Logitech Bridge, at least not any time soon, as Logitech is only releasing a small number of kits (50, to be precise) to developers with the goal of “partnering to create compelling new experiences centered around a VR keyboard”. To apply to receive a kit, you can fill up this form. Be warned though, the price is pretty steep: the prototype system costs $150, in addition to a $99 tracker disk and the $599 HTC Vive. And if you already have a non-Logitech gaming keyboard that you like and are used to, chances are it won’t work with the kit. If you’re undeterred and still want to give it a shot, hurry up and fill up that form, because applications close on November 16th. If you’re not selected this time around, don’t lose hope. Tucker, on Vive’s blog page, goes on to say: “If there is sufficient interest we may build additional kits for purchase after the initial batch is distributed”. You can go here for more information and a short video of the Logitech Bridge in use.