The first computer hardware

The first mouse

The first computer mouse was invented in 1963 by Douglas Engelbart at the Stanford Research Institute and was presented during a live public demonstration on December 9, 1968. This was the public debut of the computer mouse. But the mouse was only one of many innovations demonstrated that day, including hypertext, object addressing and dynamic file linking, as well as shared-screen collaboration involving two persons at different sites communicating over a network with audio and video interface.

"I don't know why we call it a mouse. It started that way and we never changed it." said Douglas Engelbar during the presentation/

The first mouse used two wheels positioned at a 90-degree angle to each other to keep track of the movement (see picture below).


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