Mice—they’re something we PC enthusiasts tend to take for granted. After all, once you’ve specced out your new rig with a blazing fast processor and a video card the size of a VCR, what’s it really matter what we use to move the pointer around?
They’re easy to forget, because the baseline options we have today are exponentially better than what we had just a decade ago. To refresh your memory, we’ve put together a list of 13 mice that introduced major new features and blew open new markets. Read on for a lesson in the history of the mouse!
First Trackball – 1952
Ok, it’s not really a mouse, but the trackball provided the foundation for the technology that would allow early mice to function. The first trackball, invented by Tom Cranston and Fred Longstaff for the Canadian Navy, use a 5-pin bowling ball.