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17/11/1970 X-y position indicator

American engineer Douglas Engelbart patented his device for controlling a computer using detection of two-dimensional motions on the flat surface. The device had a long, tail-like cable. So Engelbart and his colleagues called it “mouse.” The body of the first computer mouse was made of wood. It had only one button.


  • Essentials 

  • Naming 

  • History 

  • Operation 

  • Variants 

  • Connectivity and communication protocols 

  • Multiple-mouse systems 

  • Buttons 

  • Mouse speed 

  • In the marketplace 

  • Use in games