Doug Englebart was a man before his time, who came up with the idea for the computer mouse during his work at what is now known as NASA Ames. In his words, he envisioned, “people sitting in front of cathode-ray-tube displays, ‘flying around’ in an information space where they could formulate and portray their concepts in ways that could better harness sensory, perceptual and cognitive capabilities heretofore gone untapped.” His demonstration of the first mouse portrayed a wooden box that was mounted on the bottom with two wheels. He began calling it a “mouse” because of its strange resemblance to an actual rodent.
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