History: 40 years computer mouse, apple first user
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.
Steven jobs Commercial mouse for Apple 1983
14 years later, 1983, presented Apple under the name " Lisa" the computer, which controlled the graphic user surface with a mouse. Apple boss Steve Jobs had recognized the potential of the mouse, at that time still an expensive input device . The mouse in the legendary California research center Palo Alto Research center (PARC) was ignored by Xerox.Jobs made the mouse with the ball to the essential Apple computer equipment and took a license for the mouse to create the Apple freak community. Many years apple dominated so the print offices.
Logitech C7 1985 swiss made mouse $99
Today Logitech is the market leader Europe ahead of Microsoft. Both competing hard in the US
Well that's what we have to learn again in America and Europe, make prototypes not blueprints.
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