Meta Quest’s New Hand-Tracking Update Adds Button Tapping and Maybe Better Typing

Meta Quest has released a new hand-tracking update for the Oculus Quest 2 and Quest, which adds the ability to tap virtual buttons and potentially improve typing on virtual keyboards.

The new update is intended to make hand-tracking more useful in a variety of scenarios, such as playing games, navigating menus, or typing messages in virtual reality. With the update, users can tap buttons by moving their index finger to the desired button and making a fist. The hand-tracking system will then detect the motion and register a button press.

Additionally, the update includes an experimental feature that could improve virtual keyboard typing. The feature, called pinch typing, allows users to type by pinching their thumb and index finger together to simulate the motion of pressing a button on a virtual keyboard. According to Meta, this feature could make typing in VR more comfortable and efficient.

While hand-tracking technology is not new, the addition of button tapping and pinch typing is an important development that could make it a more useful and accessible feature. It allows users to interact with virtual objects and interfaces without the need for controllers, which can be more immersive and natural in some scenarios.

However, there are still limitations to hand-tracking technology, including accuracy and precision. Virtual buttons and keyboards may be difficult to interact with in some cases, and the hand-tracking system may not always detect finger movements accurately. Additionally, not all applications and games support hand-tracking, so users may still need to use controllers in some scenarios.

Despite these limitations, the new hand-tracking update from Meta Quest is an exciting development that could pave the way for more advanced and intuitive VR interfaces. As the technology continues to improve, we may see more and more applications that can be controlled entirely through hand gestures, providing a more immersive and natural experience for users.