Using a keyboard and mouse to navigate around in virtual reality is cumbersome at best. Fumbling around blindly and knocking the mouse or keyboard into MounatinDew drinks or open Doritos bags is a constant problem. I prefer to use a game pad for VR games but sometimes you still need to use a mouse and keyboard to perform certain tasks. A normal keyboard and mouse set up is a pain because you have to put down the controller, get the mouse and keyboard (blindly), dust off all the cheese dust, towel down the MountainDew, then go back to your controller. Before you know it your ripping your head set off and pushing your grandmothers ceramic cat out a window. If only there was a better solution... now... there is...
FISTO™ - The Fist Mounted Virtual Reality Keyboard & Mouse!
The total cost for this set up is around $25-$50 depending on your *OPTIONS* and you can get many of the parts listed on sale if your patient or get lucky as I did when sourcing most of the parts.
Recommended Tools and such:
Black spray paint
The stuff you'll need:
1 Black arm brace or thicker sport arm sock. There are a lot of styles but try to get one that is as long as possible and has a part that goes over the top of your hand (check out example pics next page). Just be careful when ordering as sizes vary GREATLY from china. I had to get a refund from 2 sellers because they sent me an XL that wouldn't fit a toddler. I suggest finding and buying it in person. Also if you find one you like and it has a metal strip in it to actually brace your wrist and forearm just remove it. They usually pull and slide out the bottom. Also depending on the cloth used on the brace, the Velcro can stick to it directly.
1 Lofree MT-100 wireless mouse touch pad and number pad. Its's pretty cool little gadget and can switch from touch pad mouse to number pad. Check around there about $7
1 HB2000 wireless Bluetooth Keyboard. There are smaller and cheaper keyboards out there. I chose this one because it has the same layout and keys as a standard keyboard minus the number pad stuff. You can get one for about $13-$18 for the HB2000 on ebay. You can get smaller keyboards with less keys for as low as $3. Here is a buy it now link, search around but this is the same model I used for my build but I'm not sure what seller I got mine from:
Adhesive Velcro strips/rolls. I would get black and the widest version you can get. You want it to have adhesive backing so you can stick it down. $2-$6
THAT'S IT FOR THE *BASE* MODEL. If you want the MLG version then keep reading for the different things you can add to your FISTO™. This is just a bunch of extra stuff I added mostly for fun but it still has a purpose you could say.
FISTO™ Ultralux Edition:
2 Mini cylinder lithium power cells. These are nifty little battery packs basically. You can recharge them and charge with them via USB. I got lucky and found some cheap silver colored ones on sale. Make sure that they come with the cells included otherwise they are ripping you off. It will say if they do or don't. These will act as "back up" power for when you don't feel like charging the keyboard or mouse. The ones I got get really hot so it's a win win! $2-$6
1 Universal USB to Dual Port Splitter Charger Hub. This is used to split from the power cells to the keyboard and mouse. $1
1 USB A Female to USB A Male Left Angle Adapter Connector Cable F/M Extension. A specific USB I used in my build to run power from the cells to the keyboard and mouse. $1.69
1 USB Male to Female Extension Spring Short Cable. Another cable I used in my build to run power to the mouse. It has STRETCH! so it looks cool. Again I got mine on sale but I included an auction that is similar. $2-$4
2 Down angled 90 degree Micro USB to USB MALE Cables. Same story as the other USB cables listed above. $2-$4
Some black elastic strips/loops. These will be used for snugging up the power cells.
Next Page will have the list again and pictures to show examples of what the parts should look like.
ALSO BE SURE TO CHECK OUT MY OTHER VR INSTRUCTABLE:
Step 1: The Parts and Things You Will Need to Complete Your FISTO™
1 Black arm brace or thicker sport arm sock.
1 Lofree MT-100 wireless mouse touch pad and number pad
1 HB2000 wireless Bluetooth Keyboard.
Adhesive Velcro strips/rolls. 2" is better then skinny.
2 Mini cylinder lithium power cells.
1 Universal USB to Dual Port Splitter Charger Hub.
1 USB A Female to USB A Male Left Angle Adapter Connector Cable F/M Extension.
1 USB Male to Female Extension Spring Short Cable.
2 Down angled 90 degree Micro USB to USB MALE Cables.
Some black elastic strips for loops.
Again there are a lot of options to move forward from here depending on the parts you got and what you want to do. I will cover the next step to quickly go over what to do if you want to just get a basic set-up(the black arm brace with only the keyboard and touch pad attached) without all my added junk.
Then I will go onto explaining the extra few steps to make the Ultralux.
Step 2: Familiarize Yourself With How the Keyboard & Mouse Work and Set Them Up.
The Lofree touch pad mouse has 2 functions with Windows 7 and a lot more for Windows 8. You can set it to mouse, and you tap it different ways to make left mouse button, middle mouse button, right mouse button, scroll etc.. It's actually pretty cool and has a good feel but it takes some getting used to. With a press of a button you can change it into a number pad, this is cool for setting up hot-keys in games. I suggest looking over what little it does come with and test it out a few times. It also can be a big sluggish sometimes but half of that could be my USB hub I have it plugged into and all the other wireless junk going on.
Next get your HB2000 Bluetooth keyboard paired up via Bluetooth. It's pretty straight forward too. The keyboard is pretty cool, tice and small but not too small. Its nice but it's cheapish at the same time. It has a nice metal base and it's thin and I think its neat. I wish it lit up but hey maybe another project down the road.
Get these 2 charged up and paired up and working with your PC
Step 3: Attaching the Wireless Keyboard and Touch Pad Mouse to Brace *BASIC*
You need to cut some strips of Velcro that are the same length as the keyboard. Cut enough strips to cover the bottom of the keyboard and the bottom of the Lofree touch pad. I cover them with the pokey side of the Velcro not the fuzzy.
Next put on your arm brace so it fits comfortable. Now depending on your brace you'll have to eyeball where you want the keyboard to sit on your forearm. After deciding where you like it best, cover the area with the fluffy side of the Velcro. Be sure to bend your wrist back till it touches the edge of the keyboard then move the keyboard back an inch or two (just an estimate) to make room for your movements and the Lofree that will be on top of your hand.
The same idea now for the Lofree touch pad on top of your hand. Figure out where it will be best to attach it to your hand. Making sure it doesn't interfere with your movements or the keyboard on your forearm.
*NOTE* the adhesive Velcro is pretty tough depending on what brand you get. That being said you should still make sure that when using your FISTO™ that the keyboard and touch pad mouse have been secured well with the Velcro before use. Also the adhesive on the Velcro is sticky but try to "peel" or remove the keyboard and touch pad gently if you wish to reposition or remove them for any reason. This will help ensure that the adhesive Velcro stays stuck.
As for the BASIC version of FISTO™ that's really about it.
Now onto adding some of the goodies I did just for fun in the next steps.
I will upload the next few steps with pictures soon. I still need to go out and get a better arm brace before I finish the Ultralux version this weekend.
I hope that this has been somewhat entertaining and helpful. The basic idea is here so take it and run with it. It works great from what I have tested and it's a lot more convenient then the standard keyboard and mouse while using VR.
FISTO™ is a concept, a lifestyle, so feel free to customize however you wish!
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