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The useVirtualCursor hook creates a virtual cursor that can be moved freely within the viewport via arrow key presses, and trigger click events on elements like buttons and links via the enter key. It's designed for environments such as touch screen kiosks, allowing D-pad navigation to enhance accessibility without requiring additional UI modifications.


Install the package via npm or yarn:

npm install @hyperlaunch/use-virtual-cursor
# or
pnpm add @hyperlaunch/use-virtual-cursor
# or
bun add @hyperlaunch/use-virtual-cursor


To use the useVirtualCursor hook, add it to your React component by attaching the cursorRef to the element you want to control, and using position to update the elements position. Configure the movement speed through the moveMultiplier, which scales the cursor's movement relative to its width for each key press.


  • moveMultiplier (number): Adjusts the scale of movement of the cursor. The movement distance per arrow key press is calculated as a fraction of the cursor's width, allowing for adjustable responsiveness.


  • cursorRef (React.RefObject<HTMLDivElement>): A ref to be attached to the cursor element, allowing the hook to manage its position based on keyboard interactions.
  • position ({ x: number, y: number }): The current x and y coordinates of the cursor, useful for positioning the cursor element in an absolute layout.
  • canInteract (boolean): Indicates whether the cursor is currently over an interactive element like links or buttons, enabling dynamic styling changes.
  • suggestedStyles (React.CSSProperties): Position related styles to control the onscreen position of the cursor element (ie. top, left, z-index). These are suggested, so can be overridden if required.

The cursor will be positioned in the center of the screen, initially.


Here’s an example of how to use useVirtualCursor in a component with Tailwind CSS for styles:

import useVirtualCursor from "@hyperlaunch/use-virtual-cursor";

function Cursor() {
	const { cursorRef, canInteract, suggestedStyles } = useVirtualCursor({
		moveMultiplier: 0.8,

	const classNames = `
    pointer-events-none fixed h-8 w-8 rounded-full transition-transform duration-200
				? "bg-gray-500 border-2 border-white ring-1 ring-gray-400 shadow-lg origin-center scale-75"
				: "bg-gray-900/40"

	return <div style={suggestedStyles} ref={cursorRef} className={classNames} />;

This component sets up a custom cursor that responds to keyboard inputs. It applies contextual class names if the cursor is over interactive elements, demonstrating how useVirtualCursor can be applied to enhance accessibility and interactivity in your React applications.




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