microsoft: Microsoft expands focus on inclusive technology with new products

Microsoft launched several products and features to make technology more inclusive and accessible at its 12th annual Microsoft Ability Summit. The company launched a range of products to empower users with special needs.
Microsoft Inclusive Tech Lab
Successor to the original lab opened by Team Xbox in 2017, the new Inclusive Tech Lab learns and develops specifically for people with various disabilities. Amalgamating learnings from the last five years, the facility works on new products, and is claimed to be better equipped for visitors who participate and partner with Microsoft, both physically and virtually in the product-making process. “It is highly modular, adaptable for different projects, products, and services, and is designed to showcase the possibilities of intentionally and proactively including people with disabilities in the product-making process to build products genuinely inclusive by design. It is intended to be an embassy for people with disabilities, not a space about them and will include a showcase of Microsoft’s accessible hardware, software, and services, as well as experiences created by their partners,” said the company in a statement.
Primarily, it is an inclusive design incubator where Microsoft and disability communities can ideate, evaluate and design wherein designer’ assumptions are also challenged to recognize the exclusions and constraints faced by people with disabilities.
Microsoft Adaptive accessories
The adaptable accessories empower people who may have difficulty using a traditional mouse and keyboard to create their ideal setup and increase productivity.
While a traditional mouse and keyboard may pose obstacles, these adaptive accessories have three main components that empower you to configure, 3D print, and customize your own mouse, keyboard inputs, and shortcuts in a way that works best for you.
Microsoft Adaptive Mouse: It can be customized with the Microsoft Adaptive Mouse Tail and Thumb Support, or 3D printed tails, to make a mouse that truly works for you. The Microsoft Adaptive mouse core, tail extension, and thumb support come together to create a traditional mouse that’s light and portable. Additionally, the thumb support accessory easily switches sides for left or right handedness.
Microsoft Adaptive Hub: Empowering users to replace traditional keyboards, the central hub can pair wirelessly with up to four Microsoft Adaptive Buttons (wireless), allowing multiple connections with less cord clutter. It also works with 3.5mm assistive tech switches and features 3 distinct profiles for use with multiple devices.
Microsoft Adaptive Buttons: When paired with the Adaptive Hub, the Adaptive Button can also be 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.

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