Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Meta, recently uploaded a video on his Instagram account in which he tests out a new virtual keyboard that can be used on any flat surface.
Zuckerberg and Meta CTO Andrew Bosworth can be seen in the video competing in a typing race while donning Quest 2 headsets and utilising the virtual keyboard. Bosworth stated he could type 119 words in the same amount of time as Zuckerberg claimed to be able to type at a speed of about 100 words per minute.
In order to ensure the virtual keyboard was correct, a sizable QR code was put on a table, and competitors had to press buttons with their hands just like they would on a real keyboard.
Despite the fact that the technology is not brand-new, typing on VR and AR keyboards is more slower and more imprecise than on PCs and smartphones because floating keyboards require users to move their hands in the air. Additionally, virtual keyboards don’t provide wrist support or haptic feedback.
On Quest headsets, surface-locked virtual keyboards may now be created by developers using hand tracking, however users must tap the surface to calibrate the location, and in practise, even a little change in surface height leads to erroneous key presses.
The solution to the problem has not been disclosed by Meta, but if the business creates a virtual keyboard with the same size as the sticker, it may alter how we interact with and type when wearing VR headsets.
Recently, Meta came out with a brand-new sliding keyboard typing method for Quest users. The keyboard appears to be rather precise while using handles, however if you move your hands too quickly, the precision is significantly decreased. Although just a few types are monitored and you would need to bring a different device with you while travelling, the business now allows customers to attach a physical keyboard with Quest headphones.