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Computer mouse

At the dawn of the computer age, users entered all data using typed commands. Since interacting with a computer required much more than a simple click, early PCs remained beyond the use of most people.

Enter Douglas Englebart. At the Fall Joint Computer Conference in 1968, he gave attendees a glimpse into the future when he demonstrated his prototype for the first mouse (as seen in the photo).

While that conference crowd may have been the most receptive Englebart could find, the mouse didn't catch on for nearly twenty years; not until the 1984 Apple MacIntosh burst onto the scene. By that time, Englebart's patent had run out. He earned no royalties and little recognition for a device that certainly expanded the market for PCs by making them more easily used by ordinary folks.

Over time, the mouse's metal wheels were replaced by a tracking ball. But the ball got gunky and in turn was replaced by the optical mouse. Now, a mouse of any kind is an "endangered species" as many users have moved on to touchpads and touchscreens.

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(Photo:By Michael Hicks from Saint Paul, MN, USA (img_7819) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

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