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As part of Microsoft’s 12th Ability Summit, the global firm has announced that it will be launching a new highly customisable range of adaptive accessories later this year for disabled people who struggle to use a traditional mouse and keyboard setup for their computer or phone.

Launching in autumn 2022, these adaptive controls form an ecosystem that empowers disabled people to customise their own mouse, keyboard inputs and shortcuts in a way that works best for their individual needs.

As the ecosystem is highly adaptable, users can simply change their inputs, mouse, and shortcuts as and when required. This is particularly helpful for people whose conditions are likely to change, as the adaptive ecosystem can continue to meet their needs in the future.

There are three main components to the Microsoft adaptive accessory line: Microsoft Adaptive Mouse, Microsoft Adaptive Hub, and Microsoft Adaptive Button.

Microsoft Adaptive Mouse

The versatile Microsoft Adaptive Mouse system was created for people who cannot use a traditional mouse, and anyone who wants to increase their PC productivity.

As a standalone mouse, the compact core component can wirelessly to up to three devices or via USB-C connection.

For those needing more customisation, the core mouse can work with the Microsoft Adaptive Mouse Tail and Thumb Support, or 3D printed tails, to create a mouse that works for the user. When the mouse, tail extension, and thumb support work together, it creates a traditional-looking mouse that is lightweight and portable. The thumb support accessory easily switches sides for left or right-handedness.

Microsoft Adaptive Hub

Alongside the adaptive mouse system, Microsoft will launch a set of adaptive accessories for disabled people to replace or augment traditional keyboards with a central hub and new wireless buttons.

This is all done via the Microsoft Adaptive Hub, which can wirelessly pair with up to four Microsoft Adaptive Buttons, allowing multiple connections with less cord clutter. The hub also works with standard 3.5mm assistive technology switches and features three distinct profiles for use with multiple devices.

Microsoft Adaptive Button

To connect to the Microsoft Adaptive Hub, the technology giant will also launch the Microsoft Adaptive Button later this year.

The button consists of eight digital switches, which can be programmed to the user’s preferred inputs. For example, users could set up a simple keystroke or a long-sequence macro. Users can also 3D print their own button toppers or choose button toppers from the new adaptive line by choosing from a d-pad, joystick, or dual button.

The Microsoft Hub and Adaptive Button enable users to create a wireless switch input system for their PC or phone.

Find out more about Microsoft’s adaptive accessories in the video below:

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