Gaming audio controller for Xbox with better noise cancellation + gaming modes

If you’ve been looking for a superior gaming audio controller for in-game advantage, then look no further than Turtle Beach’s gaming accessory. It has a better design and features than the official Microsoft offering which makes it a better option.

Microsoft Stereo Adapter for Xbox controller lets you connect gaming headsets (or any other normal headset/earbuds) providing different levels of volume and the level of in-game volume. It also has the party chat volume along with the mute button. However, it lacks two important features for tactical gaming – microphone monitoring and microphone canceling.

Designer: Colin Jackson and Ink Studios

This problem comes to light when you’re in a game room and other players can hear the external noise like TV playing in the background or the irritating thud of a jackhammer at the nearby construction site. This Turtle Beach Gaming Audio Controller solves them both and brings more features for gamers that they’ll relish. The Gaming Audio Controller gets three different levels of background audio canceling. The first one is pretty much the same as the Microsoft adapter, and is of not much use. The second one cuts out most of the background noises and only picks up high-pitched sounds like a train horn or an alarm. The last one is the most powerful at canceling out unwanted background audio clutter, as it cuts out 95% noise.

Other than this the audio controller has different game mode settings for audio signature – Extra Bass, Extra Treble, or both. The standout feature of this adapter is the Super Human Hearing mode which provides greater accuracy in battle royale games. So, you can rest assured of hearing even the faintest of footsteps in the nearby building to ascertain the direction of the enemy’s approach. Overall, the gaming accessory has a much better audio response and microphone clarity than Microsoft’s adapter.

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Acer ConceptD 500 is a sleek, minimalist yet powerful PC tower

Acer ConceptD 500 Specs

Acer has recently introduced a slew of new products. We already looked into the Aspire Vero laptops, and now we’re ready to focus on the ConceptD 500.

This computing device comes in a tower form, ready to deliver powerful performance with its 12th Gen Intel Core i9 processor and GeForce RTX 3070 or NVIDIA RTX A4000 GPU for improved multitasking. The NVIDIA Studio RTX GPU is very much ideal for creative workflows. The PC also runs on a max of 128 GB DDR4 3200 Mhz of memory. It can accommodate up to 4TB HDD and up to 4TB of M.2 Gen 4 SSD, so you are guaranteed more—almost unlimited storage.

Designer: Acer

Acer ConceptD 500 Tower

The ConceptD 500 Desktop lets you create without limits. It’s a powerful desktop PC that can help you with intensive tasks like video editing, 3D animation, 3D modeling, and other complicated design projects that need speed and efficiency.

Design-wise, the desktop PC tower appears minimalist in white. It looks timeless and comes with amber lighting for that warm appeal. It’s considered mid-sized at 20L but delivers powerful Windows 11 performance. The elegant package makes it look fragile, but it’s not, especially with its powerful promises.

Acer ConceptD 500

The clean and minimal design makes it a more stylish and attractive choice, but its worth goes beyond the form. This tower computer comes in a sleek design but is packed with specs and features that can handle hard-core computing, especially tasks that need a lot of resources and storage. It’s also quiet and remains silent at all times, thanks to the front air intake design that allows optimized cooling. As a result, noise levels are mainly kept at only 40 dbA and below.

Acer ConceptD 500 Features

Acer ConceptD 500 DetailsCompared to the previous model, this one is smaller and only has a wooden accent around the top edges. The old model arrived with a wooden panel, so this one looks different and is more distinguishable. The front IO ports are also easily accessible, while the warm amber indicator light adds to its modern appeal.

Acer ConceptD 500 Design

Since this computer is for major computing tasks, it comes with numerous ports that let you connect to other gadgets or storage devices. There is also an integrated SD card reader and a USB Type-C port that can handle 10 Gbps of data transfer. In addition, its LAN connection can reach up to 2.5Gbps high-speed. All these and more mean file and data sharing is easier and more seamless. The full-sized features and compact design combined make the Acer ConceptD 500 a real winner.

Acer ConceptD 500 Price

Acer ConceptD 500 Availability

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Pebblebee Clip and Card smart trackers come with rechargeable batteries

Pebblebee Clip Demo

Apple’s AirTag is perhaps one of the most popular mini trackers in the market today. It is being honored with related accessories that allow the small device to be attached to different objects.

The AirTag is one convenient tracker so expect it to have rivals. Pebblebee wants to join the game by introducing new tracking products. The Pebblebee Clip and Pebblebee Card can be worthy alternatives to the AirTag by Apple as they are rechargeable and are also affordable.

Designer: Pebble

Pebblebee Clip Launch

Pebblebee Card Advantage

This little thing can help you locate missing items. You see, misplacing things is a common occurrence even among young people. But, admit it, you often forget when you placed your phone, car keys, or the remote control. Don’t worry, Pebblebee is here to help not only with one product but two.

The AirTag alternative works with Find My, which means it will work with most Apple products like the iPhone, Mac, iPad, and even the Apple Watch. Like most trackers, Pebblebee products make use of Bluetooth wireless connectivity. As a result, both devices are ideal for locating nearby items by reporting to you the approximate location.

Pebblebee Card How to Use

Pebblebee Card Benefits

The Pebblebee Card and Clip include end-to-end encryption technology for the security and protection of the users. The process is also anonymous, which makes it very secure. The Pebblebee app also works on Android and is part of the CrowdGPS network.

Pebblebee Card and Pebblebee Clip are rechargeable, but their battery already lasts longer than usual. In addition, they feature a loud buzzer, so they are really helpful in keeping track of your items. Pebblebee’s Founder and Chief Technology Officer Daniel Daoura had this to say about the products: “Pebblebee Clip and Card are designed to put minds at ease the second they are attached to or slipped into something of value to a customer.”

Pebblebee Clip 4-Pack

Pebblebee Card Pebblebee Clip Features

The next-gen Pebblebee devices’ batteries can last up to six months on a single charge. They can reach up to 500 feet for tracking. Aside from the loud buzzer, they also come with LED indicator lights to help you locate an item. They are also easy to find and connect as made possible by the industrial metal frame.

The two work with the Find My network, but the Pebblebee App may be enough on its own. The mobile app allows you to track lost objects through light and sound precisely. It uses a location service based on the geolocation data of an item. The app can be downloaded from Google Play and the App Store.

Pebblebee Clip 4-Pack

So that security standards are always high and met, Pebblebee regularly checks for critical privacy updates. The Pebblebee Clip and Pebblebee Card come in two different forms. The clip is simply a small device that easily connects keys, luggage, bicycle, golf clubs, camera cases, etc. The Pebblebee Card is also rechargeable, but the battery can last up to up 12 months. It’s very thin and comes with an intuitive magnetic contact charging design. It boasts a loud leave-behind alert so you can know where you left it.

Pebblebee Card How to Use

You can use both the card and the clip every day. You don’t have to lose stuff now because these Pebblebee products will help you locate those items even if you forget. Each tracking device costs $29.99. You can get four clips for only $99.99. Check out pebblebee.com and Amazon to purchase.

Pebblebee Clip Price

Pebblebee Clip 4-Pack

Pebblebee Card Features

Pebblebee Clip Where to Buy

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An Ice Cream Spoon with an Integrated Flame for Melting Hard Ice Cream

The Sizzling Scooper is the brainchild of Matty Benedetto of Unnecessary Inventions. It’s an ice cream spoon with an integrated lighter beneath for melting hard ice cream before scooping. Is it practical? Probably not. Is it necessary? Almost certainly not. Come on, Matty; you should have at least used a torch lighter for maximum melting capabilities.

I wish Matty would have provided some sort of warning before I decided to try making my own Sizzling Scooper with a metal spoon and burnt my lips after heating the ice cream too long. Can you even imagine how embarrassing it was to explain what happened to my doctor? Dammit, Matty, this is all your fault!

Alternatively, dip a metal spoon in a glass of hot water before scooping hard ice cream. That’s what I used to do before Matty put this idiotic idea in my head. Can I sue? The emotional distress this has caused has got to be worth something. At least a free Sizzling Scooper.

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OWC Envoy Pro Mini storage drive offers desktop-class speed and performance

250GB OWC Envoy Pro Mini Design

They say cloud storage should be a standard now, but there are instances when a physical hard drive is still needed. Of course, such drives are still available in computers and laptops but to be sure, always have a USB or SSD drive ready when you need to transfer large and essential files.

OWC is offering a new storage drive that is very handy for everyone. The OWC Envoy Pro Mini is a pocket-sized USB-C and USB-A SSD that lets you enjoy speed and convenience. This little thing enables you to take your data with you and share it on any device like a tablet or computer. You can have the OWC Envoy Pro Mini in three different storage capacities: 1TB, 500GB, and 250GB.

Designer: OWC

250GB OWC Envoy Pro Mini Features

OWC has been offering innovative solutions to the market for over three decades now. It continues to deliver consumer-centric products and services to businesses, individuals, educators, and content professionals. The OWC Envoy Pro mini is only one of the brand’s many solutions to this data-driven world. The pocket-sized SSD is ideal for saving, transferring, and sharing audio files, photos, graphics, games, and other important data. It’s also best for when you need personal data storage or backup.

Sure, you can use the “cloud,” but it is still best you have another backup when things mess up. A backup of your backup is not too much—it’s just right, especially for those OC ones who get anxieties when files go missing. The OWC Envoy Pro mini is easily accessible as it works with most gadgets via USB and Thunderbolt. It works with most Android tablets, Surface models, Chromebooks, Macs, PCs, and iPads released in the past 15 years.

250GB OWC Envoy Pro Mini SSD

Access and transfer data speed can go up to 946MB/s. It’s also Plug and Play, so it’s really easy to use. With everything you can store in this little thing, you can do many things like launch an OS and apps on a remote device or machine. You can do business presentations and class projects, capture recordings, or watch movies saved on the OWC Envoy Pro mini.

The OWC Envoy Pro Mini is fast to consolidate files from several smaller devices into one place easily. You can also now easily migrate data and files from a computer to a new one. To improve the performance of your laptop, you can also choose to free up space by storing extra files on to the SSD.

250GB OWC Envoy Pro Mini Details

With the OWC Envoy Pro Mini, you can schedule Time Machine or File History backups, make a secondary or portable OS boot drive, and even expand the game storage of your favorite console gaming system. Feel free to start a portable Steam games library on this mini SSD for easy access.

The OWC Envoy Pro mini works with both Windows and Mac. It’s plug and play, thanks to software running in the background and doing the job for you. It’s universally compatible, versatile, and protective. Don’t be fooled by its slim form, as this pocket-sized storage is ready for game storage, sharing, and to bring you entertainment whenever, wherever.

250GB OWC Envoy Pro mini

The Envoy Pro mini comes with a safety breakaway neck lanyard, so you can bring it anywhere with you. It’s also detachable to share with other users and between devices. Its aluminum housing doesn’t heat up and keeps it calm and quiet. The 3-year OWC Limited Warranty that comes with it may be enough, but we believe the Envoy Pro mini won’t fail you.

250GB OWC Envoy Pro Mini SSD Demo

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Mazi can be your little digital diary and companion

Mazi Diary Companion Specs

Journaling is not a lost art yet, and we believe more people would want to dabble in this hobby if only they had more time. Writing down your thoughts and feelings in a diary can be time-consuming, but it offers several benefits. Journaling lets you improve your writing, self-reflect, and stay organized.

Writing in a diary also helps reduce stress because you can express your feelings and frustrations. However, writing takes time, so we only know a few people who write in their journals. If you can’t write in your notebook, you can try blogging. But if you still don’t have enough time, you can try the Mazi.

Designers: Pelin Özbalcı, Sergen Çağlayan (Nest Studio)

Mazi Diary Companion Release

Mazi is a digital journal that allows you to record what you’re doing. There is no need to write down your thoughts on a diary or a blog because you can keep one by simply “talking” to the Mazi. It comes with a compatible app that records what you say. You can easily remember your thoughts and what you’re doing with the product-app duo. The Mazi takes writing to a new level by recording your notes and “writing” them on an app. In a way, it’s like having a friend to talk to.

Mazi Diary Companion Features

Mazi Diary Companion

With the pandemic still in, people are still trying to beat loneliness. Social isolation has been a problem, and even if we’re already at the tail-in of the covid situation, people are still trying to beat their anxieties. We say you can still do everything you want to do to reduce stress as long as you’re not hurting anyone.

We suggest journaling because it allows you to express whatever is inside you. It may be good to verbalize or write down your thoughts. Don’t keep things bottled up inside because you might break down. Mazi can help you in little ways as it can help you ease distress, especially when struggling.

Mazi Diary Companion Sample

Mazi Diary Companion App

Studies have shown people who journal show reduced depression and anxiety symptoms. Mazi can be a friend to you, especially if you’re feeling lonely. No, it won’t talk back to you, but sometimes, all you need is a listening ear. This “ear” will record things you say and keep things for you.

The Mazi simply works like a small recorder—the kind that reporters use before smartphones. You press a button to record, rewind, and hear where you left off. You can also delete or highlight a part. No need to edit on the mobile app as you can edit right on the Mazi with the three touch controls.

Mazi Diary Companion Features

Mazi is a little companion about the size of a palm. It works with an app, so we’re assuming it works over Bluetooth or WiFi. It will just update the app whenever it’s paired with another device. It’s easy to use: simply press a button on the corner to turn it on or start giving commands.

Mazi can be your friend just when your loved ones are nowhere to be found because they are busy. It can keep your secrets like no friend or diary ever can. Every important moment in your life must be recorded. Even if you don’t have a phone with you, you can record things on the Mazi. There’s no forgetting what you have done or what you need to do because of Mazi.

Mazi Diary Companion Concept

Wear the Mazi around your neck with a strap. You can also clip it on a surface or on your shirt to record your thoughts hands-free. Design-wise, the Mazu is made of coral soft-touch plastic, recycled plastic, and white hard plastic. It boasts a white, simple packaging that is very minimalist. The box is secretive—just like the Mazi.

Mazi Diary Companion Journal

Mazi Diary Companion Journal Design

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Teenage Engineering OP-1 Field is one major synthesizer upgrade

Teenage Engineering is a company that comes up with electronic products like synthesizers, speakers, and mixers. The brand has also collaborated with other big names and designers to design creations that feature sublime designs.

The brand is known for its products that let you become creative, especially with sounds. We remember the most notable, the TE-LAB by Love Hultén, although the design only used the Teenage Engineering PO Modular series. That Teenage Engineering Computer-1 Case was also remarkable. The latest is the OP-1 Field which is an obvious follow-up to the OP-1.

Designer: Teenage Engineering

OP-1 Field Function

The all-new OP–1 Field is another synthesizer that improves on the previous model. This evolution delivers several improvements and refinements. This features a more updated design plus the latest technology.

Teenage Engineering improved on this synthesizer and fined tuned the features to benefit more sound designers, professional musicians, and recording artists. It’s an updated version of the already impressive OP-1, but there is still plenty of room for improvement, as with most gadgets. It is a more professional version with its new features and functions.

OP-1 Field

Design-wise, this one is set in natural anodized aluminum. Its frame is more low profile now. There is a new field color palette, a floating keyboard, and a high-resolution screen. It also comes equipped with Bluetooth midi, stereo all over the signal chain, different styles and recording formats, and multiple tapes. Its battery can last up to 24 hours, and the company also added a ‘dimension’ synth engine and a new reverb. There is also a new FM antenna and a new speaker system.

Teenage Engineering continues to apply its signature mindset to a new breed of technologies. This OP-1 Field results from previous products like the OP-1 portable synthesizer, OD-11 ortho directional speaker, and OB–4 magic radio. The designers have combined the best functions and improved on them to add to the new version.

OP-1 Field Design

Other changes include updated graphics screen by screen, USB-C connectivity, more durable line in/line out sockets, and a 4-pole audio jack for headset mic support. There is also the 32-bit audio, MFi for iPhone USB midi and audio connectivity, and a new speaker with passive radiator dimensions. The synthesizer comes with dual velcro back fasteners and measures 28.8 cm x 10.2 cm x 2.9 cm. There are now eight tapes to record for added convenience.

OP-1 Field Details

Teenage Engineering’s vision is to create products that bring creativity into the everyday. Its efforts include teaming up with brands and artists that share their vision, as with its deal with IKEA. Teenage Engineering and Ikea designed some downloadable 3D printing files to amp up home sound systems.

OP-1 Field Features

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Braun mouse swivels on its tilted base for ergonomic right or left handed use

A highly ergonomic mouse design that is perfectly suited for any-handed use, thus making it ideal for professionals and gamers alike.

Most of the mouse are designed for right-handed users while the left-handed mouse is lesser in comparison. Still, left-handed users have some good choices to go for like Logitech G903, Razer Naga or Corsair M55 RGB. On the other end of the spectrum, ambidextrous mouse options including Logitech G Pro, SteelSeries Sensei Ten or Razer Viper have also claimed a good bite of the market. They are quite popular among left-handed users, and gamers too.

Designer: 葉 泓廷

Any mouse you choose, the setup is best tailored for either left-handed, right-handed – or slightly better configurations for particular-handed use, however, none of them can claim to be perfect for any kind of use-case-scenarios. This calls for a peripheral that boasts a smart design to make the switch from a predominately right-handed ergonomic use to the left-handed one in a jiffy.

Meet the Braun Ergonomic Mouse designed for both left and right-handed use in equal capacity. Unlike an ambidextrous mouse, this one completely changes its tilt and base depending on the preferred hand. So, you could be playing Battlefield with your right-handed configuration, and shift to a left-handed setup if your left-handed sibling wants to use the accessory. Simple manipulation of the form provides an equally good ergonomic grip for both-handed configurations.

The clever design makes use of a tilted sloped base swiveling at the center. As the base rotates it shifts between the two modes. This allows for a seamless transition between the desired-handed modes without compromising even a little bit on the hand posture position. Like a couple of other off-beat Braun designs. This one too carries the black or white-dominated theme with the inclusion of signature Braun colors for the buttons and scroll mouse.

Carrying the Braun branding is a bit off-beat, but then, that’s what we come to expect from concept designs which sow the seed of imagination for future designs. The otherwise household appliance giant foraying into computer peripherals looks highly unlikely, but hey, it’s still in the blueprint and early prototype stage, right?

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Top 10 Apple-inspired designs for tech lovers to drool over

Since its foundation in 1976, Apple has been always been at the peak of modern innovation! And let’s take a moment to appreciate all the awesome products and inspiration Apple has provided us with. The groundbreaking tech giant never fails to surprise us, we always find ourselves biting our nails and squirming with curiosity, whenever Apple announces a new product launch! Their ingenious and mesmerizing designs and design philosophy have inspired and influenced designers all over the world, resulting in some pretty unique Apple-inspired designs! From an Apple game console concept to a 2022 MacBook Air render – these mind-blowing designs are the best of the lot and a dream for every Apple lover. Although we’re pretty satisfied with Apple’s latest launches, we can’t help but just hope that Apple converts these into a reality soon as well!

1. 2022 MacBook Air Concept

If you have been following Apple leaks, you would be aware that the MacBook Air is expected in multiple colors, which is more than the gold, silver, and space grays we are used to. The new MacBook Air could roll out in a multitude of hues that would match the iMac colors. Taking leverage to show off the new MacBook Air renders in multiple colors, the YouTuber has created a design of the device to match that of the 14-inch MacBook Pro with the rounded body. This is done to unify the entire MacBook lineup to look the same, which would be Apple’s idea too, as it has followed a unified design approach for the entire MacBook Air lineup in the past.

2. Apple game console concept

Built for peak gaming performance along with tactically placed joystick, buttons, and shoulder triggers; the Apple handheld console comes with complimentary photography and video shooting capabilities. It’s loaded with a rear camera sensor and a front camera as well. The latter will come in handy for live game streaming on the fly. The front-facing speakers are positioned on the top left and right corners for surround sound effects while identifying the muffled enemy’s footsteps.

3. AirPods Pro 2022 model

In line with the leaks and speculations about Apple’s upcoming flagship earbuds, designer Konstantin Milenin has created this concept AirPods Pro 2022 model to give our imagination a tangible form. The stemless design of the audio accessories looks minimal and compact. The charging case also gets a flatter design to accommodate these little earbuds. Unlike the current version, these lay flat on their belly like a clamshell design, and don’t have an upright stance. This will mean, a lot less space needed to stash them in your pocket or keep them in the bag pack.

4. iPhone Air

Before Apple perfects the iPhone that flips probably like the Motorola Razr, Antonio shows “iPhone Air”, a premium iPhone Flip with an iPhone 13 Pro-like, triple camera module. Next to the flagship-level camera array is the secondary display to show notifications when the iPhone is flipped close. When flipped open, the iPhone has a large, lively display with a punch-hole camera alongside a longer cutout for sensors. The display looks as large as the rumored 8-inches with 144Hz screen refresh rates. This is indicative of Apple’s intention to offer iPhone Flip with a screen that’s larger than on the regular iPhone Pro Max variants. We love the conceptual interpretation of floating rumors in this iPhone Flip design, but the peculiar hinge distinction on the back is a put-off for me.

5. Macintosh Pocket

This Macintosh Pocket isn’t a simple rehash of that failed concept, though. Instead, it takes its DNA from two unlikely sources. On one side, you have a QWERTY keyboard in a cramped space that has become synonymous with BlackBerry. On another side, you have the two-step chassis of a Game Boy Pocket of that generation, hence the “Pocket” in the concept’s name. At the same time, you still have the telltale design language of Apple from the late 80s to early 90s, like that off-white color scheme and Macintosh keycaps.

6. Apple Arcade Pro

The Apple Arcade app/service may seem like a half-baked effort on Apple’s part to enter the gaming industry. One could argue that Apple doesn’t even care about gamers or gaming beyond the odd Monument Valley or AR-based game that they’ve showcased at their keynotes. However, the Apple Arcade Pro changes ALL of that. Designed as a hardware concept that rivals the Nintendo Switch, Steam Deck, or any of the Android-based gaming phones, the Apple Arcade Pro is a handheld console modeled on the iPhone, however with not one but TWO notches that allow the console to have its own button layouts.

7. Mac Mini Concept

An interesting concept design by Qocept Graphics gives us a purview of the Mac mini design for this year with very subtle modifications on the outside and some major improvements on the inside. The size on this one reduces the footprint a tad with dimensions of 13.5cm in width and length, and a 3cm thickness – making it the thinnest Mac thus far. To provide extra protection to the aluminum body, and a premium overall feel, the Mac mini concept gets a 2cm thin acrylic enclosure. This also raises the machine slightly above the work surface for active dissipation of heat.

8.  27″ iMac Pro

This iMac concept by Khahn Design features a 27″ mini LED display with ProMotion technology. It also boasts darker yet slimmer bezels, 16GB RAM, and 512GB of storage. Other features include – an HDMI port, an SD card slot, and several USB-C/Thunderbolt ports. An Ethernet port on the power adaptor is also an added bonus. It does look a little similar to the 24″ ‌iMac‌ and the Pro Display XDR. What do you think?

9. Portable M1 Mac Mini concept

Designer Scott Yu-Jan took to YouTube with an idea of a portable M1 Mac Mini, that paired with an iPad Mini, can be a MacBook alternative for the heavy-duty workaholics who would want to enjoy the power of M1 on the go without owning a MacBook. The DIYer, designer, and creator has made the Mac Mini really portable so that it would allow you to take your M1-powered workstation anywhere and use it conveniently as long as you can plug it into a socket.

10. Fresco XL

The suffix XL in Fresco XL comes from the fact that even though the car looks like a compact minivan, it is, in fact, an 8-seater sedan, designed to perform as an all-weather, off-roader too. Is it trying to disrupt the sedan category the way the Tesla Cybertruck disrupted the pickup-truck category? Well, probably. The car looks more like an abstraction of a Daft Punk helmet than an automobile, and sports absolutely no branding on it aside from the minimal Fresco logo embossed on the front and back. In fact, the logo isn’t even visible until you see it against angled light. The purpose, one could assume, is to ensure the design of the car does the talking.

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Microsoft Adaptative Accessories with fully customizable input and buttons is bliss for disabled users

Microsoft is leading the way in creating products for disabled people which is going to push others in the industry to create ones of their own. This will definitely splurge competition and drive the prices down which will benefit the disabled community!

Traditional PC input devices can (at most times) be challenging for people with disabilities to use. Microsoft took a step in solving this problem with their Xbox Adaptive Controller for disabled gamers, and then later on with the Surface Adaptive Kit, tailored for ease of use with existing input devices. Taking things forward, they’ve now developed Adaptive Accessories designed for people with disabilities who want something better than the traditional mouse and keyboard setup.

Designer: Microsoft 

Destined for the second half of the 2022 launch, the PC peripherals are created in close association with the disabled community, understanding their needs in a better way. This line-up consists of three devices namely – an Adaptive Mouse, Adaptive Buttons, and an Adaptive Hub. The first two come with support for customized 3D printing freedom – giving the user option to curate them the way they want to. So, we are talking about completely customizing your mouse, keyboard inputs, and shortcuts to interact optimally with laptops, PC, or even big-screen tablets. Just to give you an idea, the toppers for the buttons can be shaped as per the needs.

The mouse is a small puck-like accessory that can clip into a palm rest, and the tail for the mouse acts as a palm rest. The flipping thumb rest allows the user to use it with the right or left hand with equal dexterity. The low-profile mouse doubles as a joystick, an eight-way D-pad. Those adaptive buttons can be toggles for eight programmable inputs for the PC. In the press release, Microsoft showed off the one with two large buttons.

The inputs can be set for macros or complex keyboard shortcuts which will come more than handy for people with motor disabilities. The normal keyboards can be replaced or augmented with a central hub and wireless buttons to pair with up to four Microsoft Adaptive Buttons, thereby removing unnecessary clutter. This hub works perfectly with 3.5 mm assistive tech switches and comes with three profiles for use with multiple devices.

Microsoft has not yet let out the word on the pricing of the Adaptive Accessories, but the fall launch date is certain. We hope they come at a reasonable price to reach the chunk of disabled end-users who really need them to streamline their productive workflow.  More often than not assistive technology carries a premium price tag, and if Microsoft follows suit, then it will be a bit disappointing.

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