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Xbox Controller With Braille Capability (Could Be) in the Works

May 06, 2019 / LIZ LANIER

A new Xbox controller with “braille input and output and with haptic feedback” is seemingly in the works by Microsoft, according to a pending patent application spotted by Let’sGo Digital.The document details the device and how it would work, and shows diagrams of six paddles attached to the underside of the controller which allow the user to read Braille, enabling blind or sight-impaired users to enjoy games.The patent application was filed in 2017, then published in 2018 before surfacing, perhaps thanks to the patent’s updated application status as “pending” as of Monday.The controller is noted as giving “haptic feedback.” This means that it can give some sort of touch feedback, such as a vibration, to indicate functions entered. It is also compatible with voice input which can be adapted to Braille.