Microsoft continues to push for greater accessibility with a new range of accessories

Microsoft continues to push for greater accessibility with a new range of accessories ...

Microsoft is one of the leading providers in designing solutions that provide people with disabilities greater access to technology, and the Redmond computer business is still pushing the way forward. In its 12th annual Ability Summit, it introduced a new product line that was designed to improve accessibility (via IGN).

The new range is aimed at allowing individuals with disabilities to create a more individual setup. "Each piece is designed in partnership with the disability community to assist individuals who may have difficulty navigating a traditional mouse and keyboard to create their ideal setup, increase productivity, and use their favourite apps more effectively," said Microsoft''s accessibility director.

These accessories have a base design, but users may select several components to make them more comfortable and comfortable. "These adaptive accessories can perform a wide variety of functions, thus alleviating a pain point for those who find it difficult to get the most out of their PC," the publisher said.

The optional components are 3D printed and can be combined with other components to transform the base computer mouse, say, into something that''s perfectly suited for a particular application. Other items include adaptive keyboard buttons, directional pads, and joysticks that can easily or completely replace a traditional keyboard that is once again capable of being combined in custom setups to suit a user''s needs.

This autumn, these accessories will be available on the Microsoft Store. It will expand Microsoft''s current offerings, including the Surface Adaptive Kit and gaming accessibility options for Xbox and PC, such as the Xbox Adaptive Controller. This controller was launched in 2018 and kicked off Microsoft''s commitment to inclusive design, which has improved.

"We learned a lot through the development of the adaptive controller," Microsoft said in a statement. The original lab that created the product, which was first opened in 2017 and was subsequently succeeded by the Inclusive Tech Lab, which has since expanded.