Flashback: First Computer Mouse Demonstration

12/9 – On this day in 1968, an engineer and inventor named Douglas Engelbart unveiled the world’s first computer mouse in what would be dubbed The Mother of All Demos. While this groundbreaking demo was the first to showcase all elements of a modern computing system—windows, hypertexts, word processing, and even video conferencing—the introduction of the mouse was truly the marvel most people remember. Engelbart’s mouse was constructed of wood, looking like a ring box resting on two pizza cutters (rolling side to side and up and down) with a single push button on top and a long wire to plug into the computer. Since then, the mouse has evolved and come a long way, but it was Engelbart’s simple design that changed computer navigation, design, and communication forever. Read more interesting tidbits and helpful information on our Tech Tips webpage!

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