Atari-Inspired: Unveiling Microsoft’s Latest Adaptive Additions: Harnessing the Allure of the Iconic Atari Joystick

The company has offered accessibility-focused Xbox peripheral for some time and has introduced the Adaptive line of computing peripherals roughly this time last year. The Adaptive line got a refresh and a couple of new entries at this week’s virtual Windows event. This round brings back the Adaptive Mouse, which features thumb support and custom tails 3D printed by Shapeways. The Adaptive Hub is effectively an adaptive accessory for the other adaptive accessories, allowing for up to three devices and four Adaptive Buttons to be connected wirelessly. Rounding out Microsoft’s new accessibility accessories is a Surface Pro Keyboard with brighter backlighting and bolder text for users with vision impairments.

In today’s world, where technology is an ever-growing part of our lives, accessibility is a crucial consideration. However, it is often an afterthought in product design, leaving a large segment of the population overlooked. Microsoft, on the other hand, has been at the forefront of creating inclusive and accessible products, earning praise for its dedication to making technology accessible for all.

Last year, the company launched its Adaptive line of computing peripherals, which included the Adaptive Hub, D-Pad Button, Mouse, Mouse Tail, and Thumb Support. These products were designed specifically for users with disabilities, with a strong focus on customization to cater to the individual needs of each user.

At this year’s virtual Windows event, Microsoft announced a refresh of the Adaptive line, along with some new additions. The updated line continues to offer a high level of customization, with the added option of mixing and matching with standard peripherals and other adaptive accessories.

The Adaptive Mouse, now back in the lineup, features thumb support and customizable tails 3D printed by Shapeways. Despite its compact size, it offers all the essential functions of a standard mouse, including two buttons and a scroll wheel.

The Adaptive Hub acts as an adapter for other adaptive accessories, allowing up to three devices and four Adaptive Buttons to be wirelessly connected. Joining the existing D-Pad Button is the new Dual-Button, while the most exciting addition to the line is the Adaptive Joystick Button, reminiscent of the old-school sticks found on classic Atari consoles.

Rounding out the new accessibility accessories is the Surface Pro Keyboard, specifically designed for users with vision impairments. It features brighter backlighting and bolder text, making it easier for those with limited vision to use. And for those who require extra assistance, the keyboard also includes a Copilot key.

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