Microsoft and a lack of assistive technology hardwares
The biggest challenging for Microsoft is that to create its own assistive technology hardwares, such as braille display device, magniflying machine, etc. I'm not sure it's discriminatory if the company preferred to hire the engineers who can create software apps like Seeing AI, rather than developing hardwares.
In addition, if you look it carefully, Microsoft makes both hardwares and softwares like tablet and apps, so why they haven't made hardwares for customers with disability?
I wanted to know what Jenny thought about this issue.
Note: Jenny, executive director for Microsoft Disability
Thank you for your feedback. There are a couple research projects at Microsoft that are exploring hardware that empowers people with disabilities. Project Torino, a physical programming language, and Project Emma, a wearable for people with Parkinson’s. On some products like Eye Control, we’ve chosen to work with hardware partners like Tobii and others. Stay tuned as we continue to innovate for people with disabilities.
The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.