The Computer Mouse

Personal Selection (What are some reasons you selected this tool?)

My design tool choice is the computer mouse. This is a tool that nearly everyone uses no matter the profession or age. The computer mouse allows you to quickly navigate around a webpage or screen while maintaining an ergonomic design that fits to your hand, keeping you comfortable as you are using it.

History

The first computer mouse was created by Douglas Engelbart in the early 1960’s. The computer mouse was actually a small part of a much larger project. Engelbart was looking for ways for individuals to interact more with information. Initially, devices such as light pens and joysticks were used as navigational tools; however, these proved to be inefficient and uncomfortable. This is what brought upon the search for something more efficient. The first prototype of a mouse was then created in 1964. It was a mechanical device made of two mounted disks that were perpendicular so that you could move the mouse both vertically and horizontally.

Function

The computer mouse is a tool that increases an individual’s interactivity with data in a quick and efficient way. It is used in partnership with a cursor to navigate around a screen and data.

User

Individuals of all ages and professions utilize the computer mouse in their everyday lives. The mouse is a multipurpose navigation device that can be used by both an individual at work or a child playing a computer game.

Materials/Production

The original computer mouse was made with wood, two disks, and a cord. Overtime, the computer mouse became increasingly popular and more ergonomic. This lead to the transition into materials that could be quickly mass produced such as plastic and rubber.

Affordance

A computer mouse will almost always be seen paired with a computer. This context and the ergonomic shape of the mouse is a clear indication of its purpose. Just by grabbing the mouse and feeling how comfortably your hand fits, and then the smoothness of the mouse sliding across a surface signifies where the action and the type of action should take place.

Evolution of the computer mouse

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