Logitech has announced a new VR stylet called Logitech VR Ink Pilot Edition that is designed to make drawing and sculpting in virtual reality easier. Unlike HTC's existing VR drivers, the Logitech VR Stylus is like a traditional pen, and can easily pass between drawing in the air and drawing on a flat surface.
It's a good idea, but it sounds like Logitech. It's still going through the process of solving its rationale. A teaser video shows that the pencil is being used primarily for 3D CAD work to design cars and aircraft, but the company also says it is looking for industry partners and application developers to solve more use cases of the accessory. Either way, Logitech seems to be directly targeting professional designers rather than part-time fans of Tilt Brush.
Along with the pressure-sensitive tip for drawing on surfaces, the VR Ink Pilot Edition also has additional buttons, grip controls and a 2D touch strip that allow you to manipulate objects in virtual reality. The useful life of the battery is calculated in two and a half hours, and the pen is charged via USB. At this time, the stylus is compatible with all Steam VR tracking solutions, which means you can use it with Vive, Vive Pro and Valve Index, but there is no support word for the Oculus headset.
If you're interested, it may be a little before you can put the stylus into virtual reality. Logitech plans to launch a limited number of VR Ink Pilot Edition devices to "selected partners" later this year, but there is no price information or when we can expect the pen to be widely available.