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Customizable accessories: Microsoft makes computing more inclusive

Jan Johannsen
Jan Johannsen
Hamburg, on 11.05.2022

Microsoft is working on making it easier for people with disabilities to use computers - or to use them at all. Three adaptable elements are supposed to help: a mouse, buttons and a hub.

In 2018, Microsoft launched the Xbox Adaptive Controller. It allows people who do not have two hands to play games on the console. This project and the team behind it gave rise to the Microsoft Inclusive Tech Lab. Its goal is to develop technologies that work for everyone. This has now resulted in three products that are "inclusive by design": Microsoft Adaptive Mouse, Adaptive Buttons and Adaptive Hub.

Aids for inclusive PC control

The new Adaptive Accessories are accessories that make it easier to operate a traditional PC. Components can be assembled as needed and customized using 3D printing. Individual mouse and button inputs and configurable shortcuts are also included.

Die neuen inklusiven Steuerelemente von Microsoft.
Die neuen inklusiven Steuerelemente von Microsoft.

The Microsoft Adaptive Mouse consists of three parts: Body, thumb rest and end piece. Together they make a classic mouse, but can also be assembled differently depending on requirements. The end piece can be customized using 3D printing and the thumb rest can be adjusted for left- and right-handed users.

The Microsoft Adaptive Buttons can be customized with different attachments. You can choose between a D-pad, a joystick or a double button. Additional attachments can be made to suit individual needs with a 3D printer.

Hier sind weitere Aufsätze aus einem 3D-Drucker zu sehen.
Hier sind weitere Aufsätze aus einem 3D-Drucker zu sehen.

The Microsoft Adaptive Hub is supposed to replace conventional controls as a hub of wireless buttons. You can connect up to four Adaptive Buttons wirelessly to it and connect tools with 3.5 millimeter plugs. It stores up to three profiles for use with multiple devices.

Microsoft plans to start selling the Adaptive Accessories in the fall of 2022.

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When I was but a young student, I'd sit in my friend's living room with all my classmates and play on his SuperNES. Since then I've had the opportunity to test out all the newest technology for you. I've done reviews at Curved, Computer Bild and Netzwelt, and have now arrived at Galaxus.de. 


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