November 17, 1970, in the US, the Stanford Research Institute patents the mouse, a computing device to make using a computer easier.

On this day (November 17), 1970, in the US, the Stanford Research Institute patents the mouse, a computing device to make using a computer easier.
A computer mouse is a handheld pointing device that detects two-dimensional motion relative to a surface. This movement usually translates to the movement of a pointer on a screen , allowing fluid control of the graphical user interface of a computer .
The earliest known written use of the term mouse in reference to a computer pointing device is in the Bill English's July 1965 publication, "Computer-Aided Display Control" probably originated from its resemblance to the shape and size of a mouse , a rodent , with the cord resembling its tail . The popularity of wireless mice without wires makes the resemblance less obvious.
The scroll wheel, a related pointing device, was invented in 1946 by Ralph Benjamin as part of a post-World War II era for the fire control radar system called the Comprehensive Display System (CDS).
The device was patented in 1947, but only a prototype was built that used a metal ball rolling on two rubber-coated wheels , and the device was kept as a military secret.
Another early trackball (or mouse) was built by Kenyon Taylor , a British electrical engineer who worked in collaboration with Tom Cranston and Fred Longstaff. Taylor was part of the original Ferranti Canada, working on the DATAR (Digital Automated Tracking and Resolution) system for the Royal Canadian Navy in 1952.
On December 9, 1968, Engelbart made a public demonstration of the mouse in what would become known as "The mother of all demos" . The invention of the mouse was only a small part of Engelbart's much larger project of augmenting the human intellect.
As a curiosity to comment that the Xerox Alto was one of the first computers designed for individual use in 1973 and is considered the first modern computer to use a mouse.
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- what is this?
- a mouse
- a mouse?
- yes, a mouse
- what a weird mouse
- can be
- is the mouse in?
- no, the mouse is this
- I don't understand, is it a petrified mouse?
- no, it's an electronic mouse
- a robotic mouse!
- no, a mouse for the computer
- what weird things
- you'll see, try it
- no, I don't put my hands on that
- why?
- I have a phobia of rodents
- but it's not that kind of rodent
- well, having called it "butterfly"
- but we have named it mouse
- well I don't touch it
- yourself

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