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VisiOn™ Mouse

The VisiOn™ mouse is Mouse Systems OEM mouse. VisiCcorp™ merits a place in mouse history because of its menu software that made use of a mouse. In October of 1893 VisiCorp released its "integrated environment," a graphical user interface (GUI) for the PC, for which Mouse System produce a branded mouse mouse. The software was more business than graphically oriented. It included a spreadsheet, graph, word processor and database.

This is a Mouse Systems model M-1 mouse, yellowed a bit from pearl white, with two angled oblong holes on the bottom for the LEDs. The power adapter is gone, but it is the same as the 5V power supply on the black M-1 mouse. Only a couple of inches of the black cord and the jack stick out of the interface box with RJ11 ports on the other side, one for the mouse and the other for the line to the computer with its DB-25 holes plug. Two long tan buttons are labeled (left) SELECT and (right) SCROLL.

A Northern Technologies DB-25 holes plug connects with an RJ11 plug into an interface block labeled:

VisiCorp™
Model IB-1 9VDC 200mA

The label on the back of the mouse:

VisiOn™
Model: M1 Serial: 000641 
FCC ID: CWE7VYI

The computer running this mouse and software required a whopping 512K of RAM and a hard disk, a rather rare component at that time.

To remind the user what the two buttons were for, the left one was labeled SELECT and the right one SCROLL.

The mouse would have originally included:

  • Optical mouse
  • Metal reflective grid desk pad
  • RS-232 serial plug on a Northern Technologies 5V power supply with jack on other end
  • Interface block
  • Manual

The reflective grid on the desk pad was essential to orient the mouse X and Y movement. The VisiOn M-1 mouse came with a 9" x 11" branded pad with a grid of about two dozen lines per inch, number 400207-176 REV 5.

Bottom left corner of the Visi On desk pad
Bottom left corner of the Visi On desk pad

Visi On mouse with interface and power supply
Visi On mouse with two buttons labeled SELECT and SCROLL

Profile of 2-button Visi On mouse
Profile of 2-button Visi On mouse

Visi On mouse with two buttons labeled SELECT and SCROLL
Visi On mouse with two buttons labeled SELECT and SCROLL

Bottom of 2-button Visi On mouse
Bottom of 2-button Visi On mouse

The interface box of the Visi On mouse
The interface box of the Visi On mouse had two ports for RJ 11 plugs and a port for the jack of the power supply on the other side.

VisiOn™ mouse on its desk pad
VisiOn™ mouse on its 9" x 11" desk pad