The computer mouse has been around for a long time. Because of its long history, many different adaptations and features have developed over time. So, to understand which computer mouse is best for you, knowing where and how it came about is an excellent place to begin. If you’ve ever wondered when the computer mouse was invented, keep reading because we’ll discuss it below.
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For those prioritizing cursor speed and sensitivity, purchase a laser mouse instead of one with an optical sensor.
So what is a mouse, and when were they invented? Simply put, a mouse s a device used to control a computer. The shape, size, and control method might take many forms, but they exist so users can navigate a computer screen.
The original mouse is often traced to Douglas Engelbart and Bill English, who worked at the Stanford University Research Institute (SRI International). They began developing the design as early as 1963. However, it wasn’t until 1968 that Engelbart demonstrated their invention; the mouse was finally patented in 1970.
The original design was chunky, made of wood, with one button on the top. Its design incorporated a trackball, called a “Position Indicator,” at the bottom of the mouse. The trackball mouse that moved two internal tracking wheels, each controlling the X and Y axis, helped track the spacial movement and control where the cursor moved.
This trackball model was used with the first computers. The mouse design stuck, and many of the same principles are still used in mice with personal computers today. However, Engelbart and English’s version also had many design issues.
The first mouse used en masse was the design used with the Apple Lisa computer in 1983. Steve Jobs bought mouse prototypes developed by Xerox to build a more user-friendly, one-button mouse designed for personal computing.
Certain mice can be hard on a user’s wrists. Using a mouse for too long in the wrong position increases the likelihood of developing carpal tunnel syndrome.
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STAT: The original mouse cost around $300. (source)