THE HISTORY OF THE MOUSE

The first mouse used for working at the computer, created in the 1960s, was not met with any particular interest initially. At the time, people using a computer were used to entering data/texts; there was no such thing as a graphic user interface.


The ball-shaped mouse created by Xerox in the 1970s and 1980s did not prove to be a success as a pointing device, a device that owing to its shape quickly became popular under the name of mouse.
Only when Apple launched its 1983 graphic Macintosh in 1983 did the mouse take off on a wider scale.


Today, the optical mouse has replaced the ball shaped mouse, and the days of the cable connection between the mouse and the computer have become a thing of the past, too. The creation of ever-more ergonomic „mice“ shows that adopting this essential gadget to its user's needs to the highest degree has become a major issue. There is one thing, though, that has rarely been achieved so far, namely: to create a space for the mouse that enables the user to work his right arm in a relaxed manner. Next to the keyboard which exceeds the width of VDU workplaces established in the ISO-Norm 9241 logically results in the mouse being placed too far to the right so that the arm ends up being permanently twisted.