(Movies & TV)
Douglas Engelbart
Xerox Alto
(Tablets and PC)

See also

Mouse (computing)

Knowledge Identifier: $Mouse_(computing)


Mouse (computing)

Mouse add

Category: Technology (54)

Launched in 1960.

Countries: (46%), United States (38%), Switzerland (8%)

Main connections: Telefunken, Logitech, Microsoft

Linked to: Apple Inc., Infrared Data Association, PARC, Wichita State University




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Independently, Douglas Engelbart at the Stanford Research Institute invented his first mouse prototype in the 1960s with the assistance of his lead engineer Bill English add something


The earliest known publication of the term "mouse" as a computer pointing device is in Bill English's 1965 publication "Computer-Aided Display Control" add something


When the development for the Telefunken main frame began in 1965, and his team came up with the idea of "reversing" the existing into a moveable mouse-like device, so that customers did not have to be bothered with mounting holes for the earlier trackball device add something


Together with light pens and trackballs, it was offered as optional input device for their system since 1968 add something


On 2 October 1968, just a few months before Engelbart released his demo on 9 December 1968, a mouse device named " was released that had been developed and published by the German company Telefunken add something


The German company Telefunken published on their early ball mouse on October 2, 1968 add something


Bill English, builder of Engelbart's original mouse, created a ball mouse in 1972 while working for Xerox PARC add something


The Xerox Alto was one of the first computers designed for individual use in 1973, and is regarded as the grandfather of computers that utilize the mouse add something


Ball mice and wheel mice were manufactured for Xerox by Jack Hawley, doing business as The Mouse House in Berkeley, California, starting in 1975 add something


The widespread adoption of graphical user interfaces in the software of the 1980s and 1990s made mice all but indispensable for controlling computers add something


This variant of the mouse resembled an inverted trackball and became the predominant form used with personal computers throughout the 1980s and 1990s add something


Around 1981 Xerox included mice with its Xerox Star, based on the mouse used in the 1970s on the Alto computer at Xerox PARC add something


Sun Microsystems, Symbolics, Lisp Machines Inc., and Tektronix shipped workstations with mice, starting in about 1981 add something


In 1982, & Microsoft made the decision to make the MS-DOS program Microsoft Word mouse-compatible and developed the first PC-compatible mouse add something


& Microsoft's mouse shipped in 1983, thus beginning Microsoft Hardware add something


Only with the release of the Apple Macintosh in 1984 did the mouse see widespread use add something


The Mac OS Desk Accessory "Puzzle" in 1984 was the first game designed specifically for a mouse add something


In 1985, René Sommer added a microprocessor to Nicoud's and Guignard's design add something


In 1986 Apple first implemented the Apple Desktop Bus allowing the daisy-chaining together of up to 16 devices, including arbitrarily many mice and other devices on the same bus with no configuration whatsoever add something


In 1988, the educational video game system VTech Socrates featured a wireless mouse with an attached mouse pad as an optional controller used for some games add something


In the early 1990s the Super Nintendo Entertainment System video game system featured a mouse in addition to its controllers add something


In the late 1990s Logitech created ultrasound based tracking which gave 3D input to a few millimetres accuracy, which worked well as an input device but failed as a profitable product add something


In the late 1990s Kantek introduced the 3D RingMouse add something


Probably the best known example would be 3Dconnexion/Logitech's SpaceMouse from the early 1990s add something


This new design incorporated a single hard rubber mouseball and three buttons, and remained a common design until the mainstream adoption of the scroll-wheel mouse during the 1990s add something


Featuring only a single data pin, the bus used a purely polled approach to computer/mouse communications and survived as the standard on mainstream models until 1998 when iMac joined the industry-wide switch to using USB add something


Beginning with the Bronze Keyboard PowerBook G3 in May 1999, Apple dropped the external ADB port in favor of USB, but retained an internal ADB connection in the PowerBook G4 for communication with its built-in keyboard and trackpad until early 2005 add something


In 2000, Logitech introduced a "tactile mouse" that contained a small actuator to make the mouse vibrate add something


As of 2007 , users most commonly employ the second button to invoke a contextual menu in the computer's software user interface, which contains options specifically tailored to the interface element over which the mouse cursor currently sits add something


In 2008, Motion4U introduced its "OptiBurst" system using IR tracking for use as a Maya plugin add something


In November 2008, Logitech built their billionth mouse add something


As of 2009, Linux distributions and other operating systems that use X.Org, such as OpenSolaris and FreeBSD, support 255 cursors/input points through Multi-Pointer X add something


In November 2010 a German Company called Axsotic introduced a new concept of 3D mouse called 3D Spheric Mouse add something


Engelbart was recognized as such in various obituary titles after his death in July 2013 add something