Microsoft’s new ‘canetroller’ brings VR to the visually impaired


Developers from Microsoft’s research lab created the “canetroller”. The team’s goal was to create a device that would successfully enable the visually impaired to form an accurate mental map of a virtual space.

Universal Design (UD) is an approach to design that increases the potential for developing a better quality of life for a wide range of individuals. It is a design process that enables and empowers a diverse population by improving human performance, health and wellness, and social participation (Steinfeld and Maisel, 2012). It creates products, systems, and environments to be as usable as possible by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability or situation.