Microsoft announces Adaptive Accessories for creating personalized input devices

The Adaptive Accessories from Microsoft

Microsoft wants to make modern technologies easier to use for an average user and people with different disabilities. Besides adding new accessibility features to Windows 11, Microsoft also makes various non-conventional devices for using traditional PCs. For example, the Xbox Adaptive Controller platform lets you create a unique controller for those who cannot use a standard gamepad. Now Microsoft has a similar set for the non-gaming audience.

The software giant today unveiled new Adaptive Accessories. The idea behind the project is to let users with special needs create unique input devices that can replace or complement conventional keyboards and mice. The Adaptive Accessories series consists of three gadgets: Adaptive Hub, Adaptive Mouse, and Adaptive Buttons.

The Adaptive Mouse is a module that houses basic mouse controls: left and right buttons, a wheel, and a sensor. Users can pair the mouse with custom 3D-printed "tails" that adapt to specific physical needs or use the one from Microsoft. The latter provides a tail with a palm rest and a swappable thumb rest (for left- and right-hand users).

The Adaptive Accessories from Microsoft

The Adaptive Buttons accessory provides up to eight customizable buttons for performing different tasks. Like the Adaptive Mouse, users can tailor controls to their needs and make pressing them easier using 3D-printed accessories.

The Adaptive Accessories from Microsoft

Finally, the Adaptive Hub allows connecting up to four wireless buttons and several additional controls using 3.5mm jacks like the Xbox Adaptive Controller.

The new Adaptive Accessories will pair nicely with Microsoft's existing hardware for people with disabilities. For example, the recently released Surface Adaptive Kit that makes it easier to physically operate a computer, locate ports, work with cables, etc. Microsoft Adaptive Accessories will go on sale this fall, although the pricing is currently unknown.

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