The first computer mouse was invented by Douglas Engelbart in the early 1960s while working at the Standford Research Institute.
He created the mouse as a small part of a much larger project aimed at augmenting human intellect. The first prototype was created in 1964 with the assistance of his lead engineer Bill English. It was made of wood, large, rectangular in shape, had a button on top and a “tail-like” cord attached to the rear just like the mouse of the rodent family, hence the name “mouse”. It used two potentiometers perpendicular to each other and connected to wheels that turned when you moved the mouse with your hands. The device was patented on November 17 1970 and was initially called “X-Y Position Indicator for a Display System”. It was first used with the Xerox Alto computer.
The pointing devices used before the invention of the mouse were the trackball, lightpen, joystick, etc.
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