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.