The trackball, created by Douglas Engelbart of the Augmentation Research Center in Palo Alto, California, was the first sort of mouse and pointing device used for computer work. Because its purpose was to operate as a mouse and was generally mounted to a base on a desk or a wall so it could travel around the desktop, the trackball has traditionally been referred to as a “mouse.” Trackballs were initially hand-held gadgets, but some are now mounted to a stand so that the user may rest his or her hand on it while using the device.
Engelbart built the first trackball to aid his study, and he utilized it in his Stanford Research Institute laboratory on August 9, 1968. In October 1969, Engelbart published an essay in Scientific American detailing his gadget concept.
Larry Tesler of the University of Utah’s Center for Teaching and Learning in the Department of Psychology created the first mouse with a removable ball in October 1971. In June 1972, Tesler received a patent for his invention. In 1973, National Optical Inc. released the “OptiBall,” the first commercially available mouse ball.
Mouse mounted to a base or desk, as well as mouse attached to a specific hand-rest, were referred to as “trackballs” in the mid-1970s and early 1980s.
In 1984, a more universal mouse was introduced, suitable for a wider range of desktop situations. These desktop mouse, which were more common than stand-alone ball types, were linked to a desktop or base by friction, as with a mouse wheel, or magnets, as with Logitech Mouse. These gadgets came in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some were created with two or more buttons or a scroll wheel, for example. Many of them included a ball or were made for a specific purpose, such as gaming.
Another type of mouse was the optical mouse, which tracked the movement of the mouse on a flat surface using an optical sensor (a digital camera). Originally created for gaming, this sort of mouse has also been employed for medical purposes. In laptop computers, a more particular form of optical mouse was employed. By the late 1990s, a new form of mouse made exclusively for the desktop had become available. A tiny touchpad, a button, and occasionally a scroll wheel or even scroll buttons made up this sort of mouse.
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