Happy Birthday, mouse! That useful little hand-movey-better-than-using-keyboard-arrows-ey thing is celebrating its 40th birthday today, and it has served us well.
Back in 1968, Douglas Engelbart demonstrated the first mouse, which was a large wooden box with wheels. That developed into the ball mouse, then the optical mouse we have today. In recent years, the mouse lost its tail, giving it new independence in a brave new world.
The development of the ‘cat’ input device put the mouse in danger of extinction, but it survived when the cat was taken off the market. It has adapted new features, including 3-dimensional functionality, weight tuning, and blinding lasers.
It’s the only mouse we’ll let into our houses, and we’re OK with holding it. And it’s the only mouse that’s taken over the world (except for those bubonic plague-carrying mice). Yay!