Microsoft has just put the wraps off new adaptive accessories designed to help people with disabilities to create a setup that fits their needs. Coming in fall 2022, the new ecosystem of adaptative accessories will include the new Microsoft Adaptive Mouse, Microsoft Adaptive Hub, and Microsoft Adaptive Buttons.
“A traditional mouse and keyboard may pose obstacles for someone with limit mobility. These adaptive accessories can perform a variety of functions, thereby alleviating a pain point for those who find it challenging to get the most out of their PC,” Microsoft explained today.
Microsoft’s new Adaptive Mouse can be customized in many ways. The Microsoft Adaptive mouse core, tail extension, and thumb support can be combined to create a traditional mouse, and thumb support accessory can also switch sides and adapt for left or right-handedness. However, users will also be able to customize the Microsoft adaptive mouse with custom-made 3D printed tails.
The Microsoft Adaptive Hub is another important piece of the new ecosystem of adaptive accessories. It can be wirelessly paired with up to four Microsoft Adaptive Buttons, or be connected to standard 3.5mm assistive tech switches. The hub also offers three different profiles providing more options when using the accessory with multiple devices.
“When paired with the Microsoft Adaptive Hub, the Microsoft Adaptive Button can be easily customized to your own preferred inputs and with different button toppers by choosing between a d-pad, joystick, or dual button, and you can also 3D print your own button topper to fit your specific needs. 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,” Microsoft explained.
The new Microsoft Adaptive accessories are coming from the company’s new Inclusive Tech Lab, which is an inclusive design incubator where Microsoft designers work in tandem with disability communities on new products to make technology more inclusive. The new Adaptative accessories follow the release of the Xbox Adaptive controller back in September 2018 and the Surface Adaptive Kit last fall.