Microsoft Works On Xbox Braille Controller For Blind Gamers

Posted: May 6 2019, 1:39am CDT | by , in Technology News

 

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Microsoft Works on Xbox Braille Controller for Blind Gamers

A new patent details an Xbox controller with braille.

Microsoft continues to work on inclusion of all gameers for the Xbox. The Xbox Adaptive Controller is already on the market and was promintently featured in a Super Bowl ad earlier this year. A new patent surfaced that details an Xbox controller aimed at blind gamers. The haptic braille Xbox controller supports braille chording on the back. In addition special paddles give gamers haptic feedback and can also be used to control the game.

"A game controller with haptic Braille chording capability. While a conventional game controller are geared to sighted players, the disclosed controller configurations include various adaptations that provide alternative input and outputs to facilitate game play by sight-impaired or blind users, as well as other users knowledgeable of Braille. A number of paddles may be arranged on a game controller housing so that a player may engage selected ones of the paddles to enable encoding braille characters using the paddles. This input may be used to control a game, enter text into a chat session or take any other action desired. The converse may also occur, where a combination of the paddles may provide haptic feedback detectable by a user holding a game controller so that the paddles encode braille output (or other data), allowing a user to receive output simply by contact with the paddles," Microsoft states in the patent.

When and if the Xbox Braille controller will come to the market is unkonwn.

Via LetsGoDigital.

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