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The first computer mouse was invented and developed by Dougles Englebart during the 60′ and was patented on November 17, 1970. Douglas was working at the Stanford Research Institute, a think tank sponsored by Stanford University. He originally named the mouse as a “X-Y Position Indicator for a Display System “. . This mouse was first used with the Xerox Alto computer system in 1973. Because the mouse lack of succes, the first mouse is credited to being the mouse found on the Apple Lisa computer.

Apple Lisa Mouse (A9M0050) was the very first commercial mice sold in the marketplace. It was based on the mouse used in the 1970′ on the Alto computer at Xerox Parc. Unique to this mouse was the use of a steel ball, instead of the usual rubber found in subsequent and modern mice. Though developed by Apple, it was actually designed by an outside firm, Hovey-Kelley (renamed IDEO in 1991), who built hundreds of prototypes and conducted exhaustive testing with focus groups in order to create the perfect device.

Back in 1983, Microsoft released the first Microsoft Mouse. It came with three programs: a musicial tutorial, teaching the user how to use a mouse; The Game of Life, a population simulator to familarize users with using a command line; and the Multi-Toll NotePad, text-editing software.

There were two versions available of the Microsoft Mouse: the first was for use with the IBM PC and came with a plug-in board. The other was portable across any MS-DOS system, which utilized low-power CMOS technology.

Logitech’s first consumer computing mouse, Logitech C7, developed in a farmhouse in Apples (honest!), Switzerland, came to market in 1985. The company’s first pointing device was actually created a couple of years before that, but it still arrived late, if you follow the Mouse Time Line on Logitech’s site. Historically, Douglas Engelbart and his group of researchers at Stanford University are credited with publicly demonstrating the first mouse in 1968. The mouse will celebrate its 40th birthday next week.

By the late 1980s, Logitech had emerged as the leading “alternative” peripherals provider. After first releasing a 3-button mouse in 1982, Logitech introduced the MouseMan Left, MouseMan Right and MouseMan Large in 1990.

In 1995 , Mouse Systems releases ProAgio, the first commercial mouse with a scroll wheel but few people notice.

In 1996 Microsoft popularises the scroll wheel with the release of the IntelliMouse Explorer. It features a rubberised plastic wheel placed between two standard mouse buttons that can also be pressed as a button. Rotating the wheel allows easy scrolling of windows, among other functions.

The Apple ‘hockey puck’ mouse appears in 1998 and it’s is notable as the first Apple mouse to support the USB peripheral standard .

1999 it’s as well an important year because Agilent revolutionized the computing world with the first LED-based optical mouse sensor ! This mouse senzor works without the need of a special pad, providing a breakthrough for the optical tracking revolutions. This LED-based sensor and its successors would later be used in rodents from Microsoft, Logitech, Apple, and dozens of other companies.

Following Logitech’s recent improvements in RF cordless technology, Microsoft releases its first RF wireless mouse, the Cordless Wheel Mouse, marking the beginning of a wireless trend. Other peripheral makers follow suit with a new generation of more accurate and battery-efficient wireless mouses.

In 2000, Apple releases the Pro Mouse, its first mouse with an optical tracking sensor. It features a monolithic surface button and a stylish translucent oblong shape.

In 2003, Apple  releases its first wireless mouse, unsurprisingly titled the Apple Wireless Mouse. It uses Bluetooth as its wireless protocol, but it still has only one button.

Logitech releases in 2004, the first mouse to use a laser for optical tracking, the MX 1000. The laser tracking system, developed by Agilent, provides far greater accuracy than the previous LED-based optical tracking method.

2005 is major for Apple because they release the Mighty Mouse, its first mouse to feature more than one button (four, in fact). The two main buttons are not physical, but instead use capacitive touch sensors with a tiny speaker to provide audible feedback for each click. The mouse also includes a scroll ball that lets users scroll in any direction

2006. Apple releases the Wireless Mighty Mouse, which uses the Bluetooth wireless protocol.

In 2008, Logitech ships its one-billionth mouse since it began selling them in 1982.

In 2011, Cybork release the top of mouses, the R.A.T.9 Gaming Mouse.  Nothing can beat this piece of art !


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