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The Computer Mouse
Transcript of The Computer Mouse
Douglas Engelbart invented it in 1964. What was it like at first?
It consisted of two metal wheels inside a wooden box, with a couple buttons on top. The range of motion was very limited. Why was the computer mouse invented?
To make navigation around computer interfaces easier and faster. By Michael Tang
What was it like at first?
It consisted of two metal wheels inside a wooden box, with a couple buttons on top. The range of motion was very limited. How was it developed and changed?
In 1972, Bill English replaced the two wheels with a rolling ball, so the mouse could move in any direction.
Then, in 1980, the optical mouse was invented; it used light to sense movement. This mouse became popular in 1998 and has replaced ball mice by today. What are some benefits (advantages) of the mouse?
Navigation around your computer is easier and faster.
You don't need to type as much.
You can handle more sensitive tasks, like dragging or double-click. What are some detriments (disadvantages)?
It takes up more space (hard to use on a plane)
Needs to be cleaned often
Can get tangled (if has a cord) How important is this invention?
The computer mouse is a very important innovation, and life would be a lot harder without it. Bibliography:
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