Microsoft has introduced a new line of adaptive peripherals. With the help of 3D printing, the devices should be able to be adapted to a wide variety of needs. For example, individual mouse and keyboard inputs as well as shortcuts can be configured, Microsoft reports.
According to the announcement, the manufacturer developed the products together with people with disabilities. The aim is to make technologies more accessible and to manufacture products that are “inclusive by design”.
The product series consists of three main components:
The Adaptive Mouse consists of three parts: the body, thumb rest and end piece combine to form a traditional mouse. The end piece can be individually adjusted using 3D printing and the thumb rest can be adjusted for left- and right-handers.
With the Adaptive Hub, a classic keyboard can be replaced or supplemented with a central hub and wireless keys. The hub can wirelessly connect to up to four Microsoft Adaptive Buttons. It also works with standard 3.5mm auxiliary switches and offers three different profiles for use with multiple devices.
In conjunction with the Adaptive Hub, the Adaptive Button can be customized with different keyboard attachments. Users have the choice between a D-Pad, a joystick or a double button and can create their own button tops for their individual needs with a 3D printer.
The Microsoft Adaptive Accessories will be available in the Microsoft Store next fall.
By the way: Accessible websites are not as widespread as they should be. In an interview, Andreas Uebelbacher from the “Access for All” foundation talks about the most urgent problems regarding accessibility on the web and whether a metaverse can contribute to more inclusion – or whether it will only make things worse.