The Origin of the Computer Mouse

A little more than 40 years ago Douglas Engelbart introduced his “X–Y position indicator for a display system”—more commonly known today as the computer mouse—during a 90-minute presentation on a “computer-based, interactive, multiconsole display system” at the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) in Menlo Park, Calif. This event—attended by some 1,000 computer professionals—would later be called by many the “mother of all demos” and would introduce a number of computing capabilities largely taken for granted today: the mouse, hypertext, object addressing and dynamic file linking.

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