Orbit x-y Ball Tracker Xerox Star Mystery mouse - wheels instead of a ball Hawley Mark II X063X Lisa mouse Gibson light pen Logitech P7 Mouse Systems Optical M1 Mac M0100 serial Tablet with stylus Microsoft 'Dove bar' Internet scroll mouse Kensington Trackball notebook Trackball joystick 2-button mouse scrolling 2-button mouse NeXT mouse Kidz mouse Macintosh mouse

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Input Timeline

  • 1930s - The first light guns appear
  • 1952 - manual hand wheels move electronic cursor markings for radar tracking
  • 1953 - JOHNNIAC used to develop digitizing tablets for computer input
  • 1963 - Ivan Sutherland's prototype of the GUI with Sketchpad using a light pen on Lincoln Laboratory's TX-2 computer at M.I.T
  • 1963-74 - Doug Engelbart and Bill English invent a wooden cased wheel mouse
  • 1966 - Orbit X-Y Ball Tracker installed in military air traffic control towers.
  • 1968 - Doug Engelbart presents his NLS (oN Line System) and 3-button plastic housed compter mouse and keyset
  • 1972 - Xerox developed a graphical user interface (GUI) with a mouse on their experimental Alto computer
  • 1974 - IBM 8080 computer released
  • 1975 - the Altair 8800, first successful personal computer, controlled by switches
  • 1976 - Wozniac's Apple I personal computer uses a keyboard to enter data, and a TV as a monitor
  • 1977 - the Apple II personal computer produces sound and color graphics
  • 1977 - David Thornburg attached his touch tablet, the precursor of the KoalaPad, to an Alto
  • 1977 - Stephen Bristow invented the joystick game controller working for Atari
  • 1978 - Atari was the first to use a trackball for an arcade game
  • 1981 - IBM's first personal computer– released with a command line interface
  • 1981 - Xerox marketed its 8010 GUI with Star software and a 2-button mouse
  • 1982 - VisiCorp announces the VisiOn graphical user interface (GUI).
  • 1982 - Mouse Systems releases first mouse for the PC, an optical mouse
  • 1982 - KoalaPad, touch tablet with a Stylus to draw and replace joysticks on Apple IIs and Atari 8-bit.
  • 1982 - Commodore 64 with no mouse support - supported paddles & the standard digital (Atari VCS type) joysticks.
  • 1983 - Atari 400 and 800 home computers still use joysticks— rejected the Hawley mouse
  • 1983 - Apple unveils its Lisa computer with a graphical user interface (GUI) and single-button mouse
  • 1983 - Microsoft's first mouse, a bus mouse with card and software for $200.
  • 1983 - Jack Hawley creates his Mark II X063X 3-button mouse from the Mouse House
  • 1984 - Macintosh computer with one-button mouse and a GUI
  • 1984 - The Microsoft serial mouse and software
  • 1985 - Steve Jobs starts NeXT Computer, produces a UNIX OS in a black case with a matching black mouse
  • 1986 - GEOS [Graphical Environment Operating System] introduced for the C-64.
  • 1986 - Atari ST comes equipped with its own mouse, a 'joystick emulator'
  • 1986 - Commodore 1350 Mouse for the C128 - joystick emulation only
  • 1987 - IBM creates a new mouse interface - PS/2
  • 1987 - Microsoft 'dove bar' mouse
  • 1988 - Logitech ClearCase mouse
  • 1988 - Microsoft clear 'dove bar' mouse
  • 1996 - USB (Universal Serial Bus) 'hot swappable' with high speed transfers & multiple devices
  • 1997 - Microsoft PC 97 standard defines Purple for keyboards and green for mice plugs