How did your first mouse look ?
Douglas C Engelbart, inventor
San Francisco 1868
At the beginning the first mouse was a small wooden box Exactly 40 years ago, the first computer mouse went public. Personal computers existed a long time before on the market (remember Kypro metal case 2 drive computer portable). On December-9 1968 the computer pioneer Douglas C Engelbart demonstrated for the first time his invention at a conference in San Francisco. Insiders were excited, the market showed little enthusiasm
Many years to come for mouse to market
And it should take still many years, until the mouse could begin the world-wide triumphant victory. The today computer mice have not much in common with the first mouse, which was built by the chief engineer of Engelbart's research center at the Stanford Research of institutes (SRI) by Bill English. The prototype consisted of a small wood box with strips, a red button to click and a wheel, which converted the movements of the equipment on the screen.
Well that's what we have to learn again in America and Europe, make prototypes not blueprints.