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1960s
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1966
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1970s
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Hawley Mouse House
1973
Alto I [2]
1981
Xerox 8010 Star [2]
1982
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KoalaPad
1983
Hawley Mark II X063X
Lisa
Microsoft bus mouse
1984
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1985
NeXT Computer
1986
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Atari ST mouse
Commodore 1350 Mouse
1987
IBM PS/2
Microsoft 'dove bar' mouse
1996
USB (Universal Serial Bus)
1997
Microsoft PC 97 standard

 

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Logitech

Mouse Beginnings

A timeline published by Logitech states that in 1982, "Logitech introduced its first *mouse*, the P-4. The P-4 used opto-mechanical technology, featuring optical encoders connected to the rollers to deliver greater tracking precision while providing the tactile response of a rolling ball." As usual, every mouse has a tale much more interesting than the bare facts.

In 1977 André Guignard and Professor Jean-Daniel Nicoud designed the computer mouse produced by the watchmaking company Dubois Depraz SA. Another Swiss company, Logitech, purchased and marketed it in 1980-83 [Wikipedia]. The opto-mechanical encoders improved on Doug Engelbart's invention that was developed at Stanford. The Dépraz mouse was also sold for Smaky personal computers.

P4 Dépraz Mouse

Depraz mouse Patent #282848 illustration
Dépraz mouse Patent #282848 and Photos »

14 Oct 2009 - World Radio Switzerland reports the passing of René Sommer, who added the micro-processor to the design of the Logitech mouse in 1985.