Evolution of Touch: How We Control Technology

By Cliff Edwards - 2012-03-06T20:47:35Z

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Computer Mouse (1968)

During an historic demonstration at San Francisco's Brooks Hall, inventor Douglas Engelbart showed off the computer mouse. The device would later gain mainstream popularity with the debut of Apple's Macintosh computer in 1984. The mouse went on to evolve in design and features, adding buttons and a scroll wheel, while dropping the trackball -- and in some models, the tail. Some have gone high tech. Like the controller for Nintendo's Wii game system, the Logitech MX Air has motion-sensing technology, including a gyroscope and an accelerometer.