Metaverse: Apple’s Magic Keyboard arrives in Oculus update

Despite Apple’s disinterest in the “metaverse” just yet, its products will still make their way in. This update brings support for Apple’s Magic Keyboard to Meta’s popular Oculus Quest 2 headset. So, you can not only use the physical keyboard. But also see a digital one overlaying the physical one while using it. This level of support has previously been added to one other keyboard by Oculus: the Logitech K830. Quest headsets track your hands and show a representation of the device in the digital world. So, you can see what you’re typing instead of trying to guess what you’re doing.

You will need to update to v37, enable hands tracking in Hands and Controllers, and connect the $99 Magic Keyboard through the Experimental Features panel in Settings to take advantage of the feature. The keyboard should be placed on a light-colored table in a well-lit room. So, its position can be determined by the sensors accurately.

What Oculus plans?

The Quest VR controllers are not beneficial to touch typists in most cases, but if you are not one, you might be able to work on Oculus menus or in a productivity app with a visible keyboard instead. Meta’s apps are optimized for both keyboards using Tracked Keyboard SDK, though this also depends on the developer’s support.

Although the process is taking longer than anticipated, Oculus plans to add more keyboards in the future. Founder and CEO of Facebook, Andrew Bosworth, wrote in an Instagram AMA last year that he wanted to add keyboard support for all devices, but that it has been more challenging than he expected.

Oculus’s makeover with new features

For Android users, the v37 update includes a new link-sharing feature. Google’s mobile OS allows users to easily share links from their phones to their headsets using the Oculus app. The process is as easy as going to the site, clicking “Share,” and choosing “Oculus”. A browser window will open automatically once you choose your headset. Oculus says it plans to bring the feature to iOS soon.

Another major change in version 37 is the way digital interfaces are navigated. Quick Actions now let you select actions by hand gestures rather than controllers. Grasping the palm of your hand while pinching brings up a shortcut menu that can be used to take screenshots or activate voice commands.

Also getting a makeover, Oculus is now offering users the choice between a Tablet or Desktop mode, in which a single 2D panel appears in a close-up window, while a series of panels open further away. Regardless of the mode you select, these panels will always open in the same orientation. Oculus is also reworking the Explore page, the first page visible upon startup, to offer recommendations for new games, apps, and videos, which will coexist alongside a Fitness and Productivity section.

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