The computer mouse controls the pointer on a computer screen, allowing a user to navigate throughout programs, websites, etc. The mouse is moved around a surface by the user’s hand in order to translate that movement to the pointer on the computer screen. Computers were only invented shortly before the earliest mice were developed, and there were very few computers around. There was little demand for an invention like this, but before the mouse was invented computer users could use Joysticks to control the on-screen pointer.
Before the mouse was invented user’s wanted a more efficient way to navigate around a computer screen. The problem to be solved was that the method of navigating pointers onscreen was slow and tedious so a more elegant method was wanted. There were competitions between designs which exploited different body movements and the hand powered mouse came out on top. Customer’s concluded that it was much easier to move their hand around to control a pointer than another body part. Keep in mind this still only applied to a small amount of people who had access to early computers.
The customer’s did have ideas similar to the current product but they did not have the genealogy to develop it right away. They wanted more comfortable ways to maneuver the pointer. So the main factor that may have come into play was decreasing the size to fit into someone’s hands. In the last two decades the mouse has evolved into a product that is widely available and widely used by the public. Since computers themselves were becoming smaller, cheaper, and more common in households, it allowed mouse developers a reason to dedicate more resources to innovate the product.
During this time there were many different prototypes being produced that more directly addressed the robbers of the time compared to initial developments of the product. For example, some of the first commercially sold mice made use a rubber ball to facilitate movement as compared to the previous method of movement that did not allow movement in two directions at the same time. The Lisa (Local Integrated System Architecture) was the among the first commercially sold mice produced by Apple Inc. Hat incorporated a steel ball instead of the more common (at the time) rubber ball. The ball prototype was originally developed during World War 2 for fire-control radar but was later incorporated into the everyday mouse. The roller ball as opposed to the wheels from before addressed the issues in the previous development looking at the unmet needs of the time (including how many buttons, how loud the clicks should be, and how fast the movement should be, etc. ) making it easier and more intuitive to use.
For nearly 20 years the design remained unchanged. However, as computers became more prevalent, advancements in the mouse followed. One example was the jump from the standard one button mouse to the two button mouse as computers became more powerful and had more functions that a mouse would have control. The optical mouse (which was first developed in the early sass, however was too expensive for most to own as the technology was not there yet) became more popular at the end of the 20th century.
The optical mouse eliminated the issues that the rubber and metal ball mice had, as they would accumulate dust and dirt over time and optical mice would not. Another bonus was the optical mouse had no moving parts compared to the ball mouse, making it more durable and dependable. Up until recent years, the traditional corded, 3 button, wheel-based, optical mouse has dominated the industry. However, today the marketplace is has shifted towards the newly developed wireless mouse.
In today’s fast moving world, the added portability of a small wireless mouse is very beneficial, according to Kevin Thompson (age 58). There was a need for a mouse to not have to be constantly bound to the computer, therefore their existed a need and that need was filled. Unsurprisingly, there are some always some who disagree; Troy Sales (56) uses a corded every day for at least 4 hours per day, calling it a “necessity’ to his life and is very satisfied with his mouse. The innovations of the mouse throughout history have aligned with the developments of the modern computer.
In the past 10 years personal laptop computers have become extraordinarily common and along with them the tracks on the computers have developed, attempting to reduce the need for an external mouse. Caleb Gallinule (19) only uses the tracked on his personal laptop computer, compared to Linda Thompson (52) who struggles to use the tracked on her computer, uses a wireless optical mouse with USB plugs in as she finds it easier to use. Preferences can be highly unpredictable aspects of the marketplace and can aka product innovation difficult.
Limitations on product innovation are deeply dependent on the technologies of the time. For example, the optical mouse which became so popular was originally developed as an idea early on, but could only be used if it was on a special metallic surface. If the light-emitting diode technology had been around then the product could have been more easily developed. The same logic can be applied to the technology today. We as a society don’t believe that, with the existing technology, life is not possible or worse than it should be, but the ever answerable question is life as good as it could be.
Resources: http://’. NM. N. Ml. Telegraph. Co. UK/technology/101 59442/The- history-of-the-computer- mouse. HTML http://computer’s. Mumblings. Org/invention/ http://history-computer. Com/Underreported/Basis/mouse. HTML Caleb 1 . Not very often. 2. Mostly use track pad. But I have one. Didn’t have a mouse so I used the tracked and got used to it. However the mouse responds quicker than the tracked. Wireless 4. None 5. As product I rate tit 4 out of 5. 6. Possible a zoom function. More buttons for more things. Papa Sales 1/2. At is a necessity.
I use it 4 hours per day. 3. Use a corded mouse. 4. Has to unplug and plug in again when it freezes. 5. Rated a 4 out of 5. 6. Wants a touch screen scroll wheel Papa Thump 3. 1/2/3. Use a wireless USB mouse most of the time. Also a touchstones sometimes but mouse is preferred. Travel a lot so a small wireless mouse is more portable. 4. Have more issues with touchstones as opposed to mouse. 5. Rated 4 out of 5. 6. Smaller USB plug into the computer Mama Thump 1/2/3 Mouse is a necessity, only use tracked when doesn’t have mouse (wireless).