Microsoft is working on new PC accessories for persons with disabilities. The company announced “Adaptive Accessories” on Tuesday, which will be available later this fall.
Microsoft adaptive accessories make it easier for users with disabilities to use computers
The client can customize the peripheral with 3D printed add-ons, which makes the Adaptive Accessories stand out.
“Each item was created in collaboration with the disability community to empower people who have trouble using a regular mouse and keyboard to create their perfect setup,” Microsoft stated.
The Adaptive Mouse is the initial component. Users can personalize it by choosing from Microsoft’s library of “3D printed mouse tail designs,” which can then be attached to the device. Users can also create their own mouse tail designs to print.
the Adaptive Hub can also work with standard 3.5mm assistive tech switches and it can be programmed with three distinct user profiles. “ The wireless and versatile design allows you to create the setup that works best for you, whether you are using a versatile 2 in 1 like Surface Pro, or any Windows PC,” the company added.
The second set of components revolve around the Adaptive Hub, which can wirelessly pair with up to three Adaptive Buttons. These buttons can include a traditional directional pad, a joystick or a dual button switch, which can all be further customized with 3D printed add-ons called “button toppers.”
There’s no word on the pricing. But interested users can visit the Adaptive Accessories webpage, and sign up for email updates for when the product formally launches. The peripherals were announced as Microsoft is also opening a new “Inclusive Tech Lab,” where it can work with the disability community on developing new products.
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