Computer Mouse Turns 40

It was only meant to be a prototype. But 40 years after the computer mouse first scrolled its way into the public consciousness, new touch-screen technology could be about to consign the mouse to the annals of history.

The computer mouse was the creation of Doug Engelbart and his team at the Stanford Research Institute in California, who needed a simple way of controlling their computers. The result was a carved wooden block mounted on wheels, with a long cable trailing out the back. One researcher nicknamed it a mouse, and the moniker stuck.

Will we still be using a mouse in 40 years or will the touch screen take over?


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2 thoughts on “Computer Mouse Turns 40

  1. It will depend, at least in part, on how naturally touch screens feel for computer usage. The reason the mouse worked so well is because it feels natural. It’s instinctual, you can move the cursor around w/ a mouse w/out looking at what you’re doing.

  2. I’m about to order a finger laser for my new laptop, it’s basically the laser from a mouse, with some buttons and scroll wheel on the side.

    i’ll be sure to post about how the experience is…

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