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Inventor of the Mouse, Douglkas Engelbart dies at 88.

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posted on Jul, 4 2013 @ 05:57 AM
I didn't even know this until I heard it on a random news-entertainment item on the tv. Surprised it's not been mentioned more to be honest, but then, in a day and age when the mouse is now basically obsolete, I'm not surprised.

I remember the days before mice. Seeing someone with one, elicited a sense of wonder - this guy has a mouse? Imagine that!

Frome 1 button wired with a ball, to 2 buttons, to 3 buttons and optical, to 624 buttons and remote controlled with lasers and wifi and you can cook your pizza with it...

They changed how computers were used to be sure.

And this guy invented it in 1963 - but it was years before they would even be really considered.

I dunno, this just takes me back. And the guy lived just long enough, to the age of 88, to see his invention become obsolete... Touchscreens.. bah humbug!!

He had devised the palm-sized, wheel-based instrument in 1963 as a way to move a computer-screen cursor by means other than arrows on a keyboard. Other alternatives being weighed at the time were a light-pen pointed at the screen, a tracking ball and a joystick.

"I remember how my head went back to a device called a planimeter," another wheel-based device used by engineers to measure irregular geometric areas, he recalled in a 1987 oral-history interview with Stanford University Libraries.

His colleague William English, SRI's chief engineer, led the tinkering and testing of the cursor controller, which was carved from wood and used two perpendicular wheels rather than the roller ball included in subsequent incarnations. English built the first prototype in 1964.

A part of history dies today. And it barely registers at all..

(I did search so pick your nose)

posted on Jul, 4 2013 @ 06:49 AM
reply to post by winofiend

That's a great read.

What an amazing visionary Engelgbart was - to think he patented the rudiments of the mouse in the 60s and today it is commonly used globally is testament to his genius.

posted on Jul, 4 2013 @ 07:38 AM
Hey its not obsolete! I love mice! Even using a wired one, optical but wired damnit! I hate changing the batteries of wireless ones.

posted on Jul, 4 2013 @ 09:20 AM
push that button without thinking, keep your fingers on the pussy boys.
Enjoy the clicking...
The world thanks you Mr. Engelbart

posted on Jul, 4 2013 @ 10:20 AM
there is an intriguing psychological theory (the name of which I cannot recall) which claims that tools, and particularly tools which are manipulated with the hands, become an extension of the body within the cognitive map of the person.

for this reason, the mouse is more than a simple convenience. it changed te functioning of our minds at a fundamental level.

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