Mouse History

By Xah Lee. Date: .

Douglas Engelbart Mouse, 1968

Engelbart mouse
First mouse, from ~1968. Inventor Douglas Engelbart holding the first computer mouse, showing the two wheels that contact the desk. [ image source 2016-05-09 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Firstmouseunderside.jpg ]
SRI Computer Mouse
SRI Computer Mouse

Optical Mouse, 1980s

This is popular in Sun Microsystem's workstation.

800px-An Early Three Buttoned Mouse
early optical mouse (1980s.) This requires the shiny mirror-like pad underneath to work. [ image source 2016-05-09 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:An_Early_Three_Buttoned_Mouse.jpg ]

Mouses from about 1985 to 1995

mouse 1985 to 1995 history
Mouses from about 1985 to 1995. [photo by mr_a500, from image source ]
  • NeXT mouse [see NeXT Keyboard]
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  • Apple Desktop Bus Mouse II
  • Apple Desktop Bus Mouse
  • Macintosh Mouse (1984).
  • IBM PS/2 mouse (1987)
  • IBM ? mouse
  • IBM ? mouse
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Apple Mouse