Can you imagine how difficult your life would be if it wasn’t for a very simple animal named gadget? Naturally, I am talking about the mouse. The small clickable rodent is the best friend of everybody, from computer freaks and gamers to IT workers and fashionable grandparents. But at first, it did not have such a big fanbase and believe it or not, the first one was a wooden mouse.
Douglas Engelbart developed a gadget made with a wooden base using two wheels to roll back and forth. It was the first mouse that could fit into a user’s hand and the wooden mouse came to be!
The mouse’s key feature is its trackball, and the first one can be traced to the Canadian Navy in 1952. This “mouse” was actually a bowling ball attached to a complicated hardware system and it could sense the motion of the ball and imitate the movement on a screen. But the world would never have access to the heavy-duty mouse — since it was a secret military creation the tech was never patented or produced. Eleven years after the military design, Douglas Engelbart became the father of the modern mouse. He developed a gadget made with a wooden base using two wheels to roll back and forth. It was the first mouse that could fit into a user’s hand and the wooden mouse came to be!
After that, the mouse flourished. Today we know quite a number of mouse versions, you name it and the internet will provide. If you want to know the whole history of this beloved gadget, you can find it on the link in the bottom of the page. So the next time you will sit behind the computer, give your little rodent friend some well-deserved love.