Sponsored Links

Tap's wearable keyboard makes typing in VR applications a breeze

No more clunky pointing and clicking to type out a message.
Tap Systems
Tap Systems
Rachel England
Rachel England|@rachel_england|September 20, 2018 9:42 AM

To date, the VR experience has largely centered around games and entertainment -- doing any actual work, such as typing up a document or sending an email, has been a slow and cumbersome process due to clunky point-and-click virtual keyboards. Now, a company behind a wearable keyboard, mouse and controller has demonstrated that its kit can be used with Microsoft's virtual desktop environment, making it easier, quicker and more intuitive to get stuff down within a VR realm.

Turn on browser notifications to receive breaking news alerts from Engadget
You can disable notifications at any time in your settings menu.
Not now

Tap Systems' wearable sits at the base of your fingers and detects finger taps as input. Connect it to any Bluetooth-enabled device and you can compose text, point, click and scroll using just about any available surface – you don't need to aim for specific keys. The demo video -- while pretty lackluster -- shows how the device makes communication a lot more instinctive, and how it'll likely set a precedent for this kind of integrated VR tech going forward. The device is also compatible with virtual desktop applications running on the Oculus Rift and HTC Live, and can be purchased at Tap's official site for $180 -- not a bad price to feel like you're in an actual sci-fi movie.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. All prices are correct at the time of publishing.
Tap's wearable keyboard makes typing in VR applications a breeze