What you need to know
- Microsoft announces new lab that will help it create more inclusive products.
- The lab is called the Inclusive Tech Lab.
- The lab will help Microsoft build products for people with disabilities in mind.
Microsoft has announced at Ability Summit 2022 that it has formed a new "Inclusive Tech Lab" that's designed to help the company build more accessible and inclusive products and experiences. The company says the lab was created as an embassy for people with disabilities, and will demonstrate what is possible when products are intentionally built to be accessible by everyone.
Microsoft already has several products on the market that were built for people with disabilities in mind, including the Xbox Adaptive Controller, Surface Adaptive Kit, and the newly announced Microsoft Adaptive Accessories. All of these products have lead Microsoft to birth the Inclusive Tech Lab, where it will explore accessible design for every hardware and software product.
The Inclusive Tech Lab is a literal lab that allows Microsoft to explore product designs and gather feedback from people with disabilities:
Alongside the announcement of its new Inclusive Tech Lab, Microsoft is also highlighting new accessibility features in Windows 11, Xbox, Edge, and has announced a new Microsoft Adaptive Accessories line that are designed to be modular and configurable.
They should definitely hire that guy on YouTube called "akaki kuumeri". His accessories for using controllers one-handed are absolutely brilliant. One example:
The YouTube videos MS has on this are worth the watch.
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