Microsoft has reportedly patented a new Xbox game controller with a haptic braille output. The report has come to Android Updated courtesy of Letsgodigital.
In October 2018, Microsoft Technology Licensing applied for a patent at the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) for a ‘Haptic braille output for a game controller’. The patent was published on 2 May 2019 and describes an Xbox controller with braille input and output and with haptic feedback.
With a special braille accessory that can be mounted on an existing Xbox controller, it is made possible to enter braille characters. The accessory consists of six paddles and a display.
The display can show texts or audio in Braille. Consider for example a Braille chat screen, so a visually impaired gamer can still participate in a chat session with other gamers. A feature that is widely used, especially in online multi-player games.
The patented Microsoft game controller can also recognize speech commands and convert them to Braille input. In addition, the braille controller is capable of giving haptic feedback, or tangible feedback, in the form of a vibration, buzzing or shaking movement.
The accessory is placed on the back of the controller and is attached via the bottom. The various functions can be assigned by the gamer himself. The game controller can be used in combination with a game computer, but also with a PC or a mobile device.
Whether Microsoft actually intends to launch this game controller with haptic braille output is unknown. It is certainly not unthinkable, finally, the company released the Xbox Adaptive Controller last year. In addition, the patent has been worked out in great detail and in the meantime, approval has been granted from the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) and the WIPO.
View the patent for the Microsoft Xbox braille controller here.