Computer Mouse

Old Wooden Mouse
Old Wooden Mouse

You might certainly remember, if you are a geek that the first computer mouse was brought to the masses by Steve Jobs, Founder of Apple Inc.. But the real story of the first computer mouse began in 1968 at a Fall Joint Computer Conference at San Francisco. This event had great importance as it had presented a remarkable number of “firsts”.

Among the “firsts” was the first video teleconference; the first use of hypertext; and the first presentation, by the Stanford Research Institute(SRI) on NLS(oNLine System). These first stole the gaze from another first “The Mouse”.

Mouse was not always as sleek and stylish as this:

The Mouse
The Mouse

After looking for ideas which would allow users to easily interact with the computer. Engelbart and his colleague Bill English came up with the idea in 1963 and created device as a very small device. The first device was a wooden box with wheels and a thick electric cord.

Old Wooden Mouse
Old Wooden Mouse

The first mouse had tail at the front but the wheels made it hard for the wire to operate in the front, so they switched it to backwards. After switching it backwards, Engelbart recalls : “It just looked like a mouse with a tail, so we called it that in the lab.”

The Engelbart, English and SRI failed to market the device, even when the Xerox’s Palo Alto Research center gave it some modern touches the board of directors turned down the mouse.

Old Wooden Mouse
Old Wooden Mouse

Then came the Steve Jobs, founder of Apple Inc. In 1980’s jobs company polished it by making it more affordable and easy to use and an integral part of the personal computer.

Image Courtesy : Mashable Inc. & GSDM.
Source : Wikipedia

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