The name mouse, originated at the Stanford Research Institute, derives from the resemblance of early models (which had a cord attached to the rear part of the device, suggesting the idea of a tail) to the common mouse.
The first marketed integrated mouse — shipped as a part of a computer and intended for personal computer navigation — came with the Xerox 8010 Star Information System in 1981.
Dr. Douglas C. Engelbart (now 83) is an American inventor of Swedish and Norwegian descent. He is best known for inventing the computer mouse (in a joint effort with Bill English); as a pioneer of human-computer interaction whose team developed hypertext, networked computers, and precursors to GUIs; and as a committed and vocal proponent of the development and use of computers and networks to help cope with the world’s increasingly urgent and complex problems.He received no royalities for his invention.
Probably,it might have been invented when the inventor imagined a Joystick upside down 😉
Its 40th birthday will be celebrated next week when Engelbart returns to Stanford (now known as SRI International). The mouse was first shown to the world when he gave a presentation of a working network computer system in San Francisco on 9 December, 1968, which is still revered as ‘the dawn of interactive computing’.
The mouse faces stiff competition from TouchScreens and is expected to be ‘extinct’ in the next generation of computing !!
“I very much doubt that we’ll be using the mouse in 40 years’ time,” the Sun quoted Steve Prentice, an analyst at Gartner Research.
Meanwhile ,Logitech has come out with their 1 billionth mouse.
¨It’s rare in human history that a billionth of anything has been shipped by one company,….Look at any other industry and it has never happened. This is a significant milestone.¨ :Logitech’s general manager Rory Dooley
Some good old memories :
Dr. Douglas C. Engelbart
The first computer mouse held by Engelbart showing the wheels that directly contact the working surface.
The world’s first trackball invented by Tom Cranston, Fred Longstaff and Kenyon Taylor working on the Royal Canadian Navy’s DATAR project in 1952. It used a standard Canadian five-pin bowling ball. It was not patented, as it was a secret military project.
A Smaky mouse, as invented at the EPFL by Jean-Daniel Nicoud and André Guignard.
Two Apple Macintosh Plus mice, 1986
image source : Wiki