Computer Mouse’s Birthday…

by techtiptom

Originally posted on WIBC.com on 12/01/2010:

In 1963 (December 9th), Douglas Engelbart of the Stanford Research Center invented the computer mouse. At first glance today, this small, commonplace item may not seem that revolutionary, but back then, it fostered a huge change in how humans use computers.

The device made it possible to do what Engelbart called “flying through a variety of information spaces” by allowing for pointing and clicking. By 1968, Engelbart and his colleagues were presenting hypermedia demonstrations on how computers could help perform daily tasks.

Xerox extended this work into the 1970s and 1980s at its Palo Alto Research Center, where it developed GUI.

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