Quest 2 Can Now Label Keyboards With AR In Passthrough

An update to Horizon Workrooms on Oculus Quest 2 adds the ability to overlay AR labels on your tracked keyboard when using passthrough mode.

This feature is one of the few added in the Workrooms 1.1 update. As previously reported, the update includes support for M1 Mac models, but also introduces the AR keyboard labels, faster connection to your computer via Oculus Remote Desktop, and “more intuitive whiteboard design” that lets you use your hands more.

You can see some images of the AR keyboard labels scattered throughout the article – on a flat 2D image, they look hard to distinguish from the normal lit keys on the MacBook Pro. The depth perception in VR, however, makes the labels look a bit elevated from the keys themselves.

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This only applies to tracked keyboards (which currently only include the Logitech K830 and Apple Magic Keyboards and laptop keyboards) when using the desktop implementation cut-out. If you just use the standard-track keyboard in Workrooms without passthrough, there is no need for the AR labels – a 1: 1 digital model represents and displays your keyboard in VR, matched to the position of your physical keyboard.

It is only when you use the desktop cut-out walk-through feature that the AR labels come to life. This makes the cut-out function much more useful, as you maintain full visibility of your keyboard keys, while you can also see other desktop accessories such as your mouse, drinks, etc.

In a future update, Workrooms will receive support for Zoom conference call integration and room customization.


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