I got my first computer in 1995. Its composition was as familiar as it is now: a system unit, a monitor, a keyboard and a mouse. In 27 years, nothing has changed. Only the size of these components, the insides, the features, the design, and perhaps the cost have changed, but their essence and functionality have remained the same. I wondered how the functionality of a gaming computer mouse has changed, or rather changed and improved. About this and the article, let's dive into the very beginning and explore to our times.
History of the gaming mouse
The computer mouse appeared in 1954. First gaming mouse looked ridiculous and awful, especially compared to his contemporaries, but it was. Growth begins with the first step.
Bill English created the first prototype mouse. It had a button, a wheel inside, and a cord on the back. That's when it was first called a mouse, when someone in Englebart's lab said it looked like a mouse.
In 1967, on June 21, Englebart filed a patent application for his mouse. It was then written that it was "an X-Y position indicator for a display system. And then a patent was also filed for a three-button mouse, they looked similar, the difference being the number of buttons.
In 1974, Jean-Daniel Nicoud developed the mouse we use today, with two buttons and a wheel. Unfortunately, the appearance of the mouse did not survive that year.
And in 1987 Microsoft added a design to the mouse. Microsoft developed the first mouse that fit better in the hand than its more rectangular predecessors. It was known as the "Dove Bar" because of its resemblance to a bar of soap. After its release, many mice repeated the sleeker, contoured design of the Dove Bar.
In 1988, Apple created a mouse that plugged into the USB connector, and had an even more designer look. If you look at the photos, it seems not only beautiful, but also functional. In reality, it is one of Apple's biggest failures. The terrible mouse, which is shaped like a puck, however, it was the ancestor of the mouse we have now, without visible buttons, created back in 2011.
In 1999, Microsoft created the optical mouse. This is the first normal mouse without a "wheel" inside. I remember how much I wanted it and how high I got when I could afford it. It was a pure high.
I would like to point out that before that they created optical mice, but all of them were not OK, as they are called. And from Melcomic they created a new trend and a new reality. It was still a wired mouse, but it was more sensitive. The Counter-Strike game shone with new colors 🙂
In 2001, Logitech created The first wireless mouseknown as Cordless MouseMan Optical. It paved the way for many wireless devices, varying in size and shape.
The Razer Mamba 4G was created in 2011. This mouse may not be one of the most famous, but it is still highly regarded by gamers around the world. Its rounded shape, under the palm, under different palm sizes, under different elbow angles were very much appreciated. It set the trend for gaming mice. And it added new functionality to the buttons, where you could customize the click to be as fast as you wanted it to be.
The gaming mouse is now like a little spaceship on the table. It looks great. But as we can see, there are still artifacts from the "grandfathers" in the form of the tail. This is due to the fact that there is still some interference when transmitting data from the mouse to the computer via Bluetooth, and there is no such interference on the wire.
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