Essay about The History of the Computer Mouse

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The History of the Computer Mouse
The computer mouse is considered an input device. With a click of a button, the mouse sends information to the computer. The computer mouse is an interesting device that offers an alternative way to interact with the computer beside a keyboard. A typical mouse has two buttons. At the top of the device you will find a left and right button which allows for “clicks”. There is a scrolling wheel between the two buttons.
Douglas Engelbart's device was not the first pointing device. In fact, it seems that the first product was a trackball. It was invented a lot earlier, in 1953, by Tom Cranston, Fred Longstaff and Kenyon Taylor for the Royal Canadian Navy. As part of the secret military project DATAR. The name
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Because the Star System cost so much it doomed the mouse to relative obscurity.
Around 1982, designing firm Hovey-Kelley created the first inexpensive, mass-producible and reliable mouse for Apple. Its key components include optical encoder wheels, a free-moving tracking ball, and a precision injection-molded inner frame. This design breakthrough set the stage for cheap, reliable consumer mice that anyone can afford. Around that same time Logitech, Xerox and Microsoft were all trying to create an affordable mouse for the masses. Logitech was selling its first mouse, the P4, designed by Jean-Daniel Nicoud. This dome-shaped device, among the first commercial mice available, sold for $299. With permission from Xerox, Jack Hawley founded the Mouse House to refine and sell his original Xerox mouse design. The box like, three-button Hawley X063X, uses brush contact encoder wheels and cost about $400. Microsoft shipped its first IBM PC mouse, retailing for $195. The two-button mouse initially requires a special peripheral card for use but later supports connection through a PC’s serial port. (Macworld, 2008) Apple’s first commercial mouse went public in 1983, as part of the Apple Lisa system. The mouse uses a squeeze-release DE-9 connector. It’s notably features was one button— a controversial design decision that would remain the hallmark of Apple mice for 22 years. (History of the Computer Mouse, 2013)
Around 1984, Logitech designed the world’s first cordless…