Why didn’t I think of this. To represent code and actions based on tactile patterns is flat out genius.
The group went beyond my initial thoughts of a physical implementation of some tech akin to Scratch, a popular open source environment for primary school students to learn how to Code and think logically and sequentially. At the risk of a spoiler alert..
Research in Microsoft’s Project Torino leads to Code Jumper, which introduces kids who are blind and low vision to programming through a physical language.
The Xbox Adaptive Controller is one of the most telling products in how design as we know it is changing. It’s a boxy controller with two giant buttons and over a dozen ports for external peripherals, to allow people with disabilities the option to play Xbox in any manner they can…
But the Xbox Adaptive Controller was just the first step into more inclusive video games and voting machines. And we’re seeing that proven in a new, companion product developed by the mouse and keyboard giant Logitech. Called the Adaptive Gaming Kit, it’s a collection of mix-and-matchable buttons that plug into the Xbox Adaptive Controller for additional customization…
I am a member of the Windows Insider program, albeit not as active as some others, so I quite familiar with Ms. Dona Sarkar, who was the Chief Ninja Cat and fearless leader. Filed under “I did not know this”, these types of secrets that most of us have and not shared are ultimately doing a disservice to ourselves and our fellow humans. I would Fist Bump her if she ever came to the Charlotte offices of Microsoft and we got a chance to chat.
Last year, Sarkar began talking about another subject important to her: dyslexia. She was diagnosed five years ago, after struggling to read an eye chart. It turned out to be the reason why she always dreaded reading aloud in school. It’s why she often transposes letters and numbers, especially in sequences like flight and tracking numbers. And it’s why charts, graphs and metrics reports are sometimes challenging to read at work.
“When I see 10 numbers on a slide with percentages and line charts, they all start swimming together,” Sarkar says.
Lately, Sarkar has started talking about her disability on stage. At a Microsoft Ninja camp for teens with disabilities, she demo’d how she uses Immersive Reader, Focus Mode and other Office tools to manage her reading. At the company’s ninth annual Ability Summit, she told an internal audience of more than 1,500 people about her dyslexia.