A mouse is a hardware device, invented by Douglas Engelbart in 1963, that allows the user to control a cursor and

to manipulate data.

Originally referred to as an X-Y Position Indicator for a Display System, Xerox later applied the mouse to its revolutionary Alto computer system in 1973.

The mouse is first widely used in the Apple Lisa computer. Today, the mouse is now found on every Apple and PC computer and used with various types of GUIs.


Mechanical Mice ‡ Mechanical Mice requires that the mouse be set on a flat surface. ‡ The distance and the speed of the rollers inside the mouse determines how far the mouse cursor moves on the screen depending on the software configuration.


Optical Mice
‡ require a special mouse pad which has a grid pattern. ‡ a sensor inside the mouse determines the movement by reading the grid as the mouse passes over ‡ one drawback to an optical mouse is they can have problems in bright lights.


Optical-Mechanical ‡ consists of a ball which rolls a wheel inside the mouse. ‡ the wheel contains a circle of holes and or notches to read the LED by a sensor as it spins around when the mouse is moved. ‡ much more accurate than the mechanical mouse. ‡ the most commonly used mouse with PC and Macintosh computers.


Modern Optical Mice ‡ no longer have the disadvantages of earlier mice and are capable of being utilized on any surface ‡ in comparison to the traditional OpticalMechanical mouse, the Optical is a much better solution for a computer mouse.

‡ Bluetooth ‡ Infrared ‡ PS/2 Port ‡ Serial Port ‡ USB

Bluetooth - is a RF technology that operates at 2.4 GHz, has an effective range of 32-feet (10 meters), and has a transfer rate of 1 Mbps and throughput of 721 Kbps. An example of how Bluetooth could be used is the ability to connect a computer to a cell phone without needing any wires or special connectors.

Infrared ² a method of transferring data without the use of wires. A common example of an infrared device is a TV remote. However, infrared is also used with computers with devices such as a wireless keyboard or mouse.

Often referred to as the mouse and/or keyboard port, the PS/2 port was developed by IBM to connect a computer mouse or keyboard to an IBM compatible computer. The PS/2 port is a mini DIN plug that contains six pins and is still found on all IBM compatible computers today. However, it is starting to be replaced by the USB.

A serial port connection or interface on the computer is used to connect a serial device to the computer. Serial ports are typically identified on IBM compatible computers as COM or (communications) ports.

USB Short for Universal Serial Bus, USB is a standard that was introduced in 1995 by Intel, Compaq, Microsoft and several other IT computer companies. USB 1.x is an external bus standard that supports data transfer rates of 12 Mbps andis capable of supporting up to 127 peripheral devices.

USB 2.0, also known as "hi-speed USB", was developed by Compaq, Hewlett Packard, Intel, Lucent, Microsoft, NEC and Philips and was introduced in 2001. Hi-speed USB is capable of supporting a transfer rate of up to 480 Mbps and is backwards compatible, meaning it is capable of supporting USB 1.0 and 1.1 devices and cables.

‡ Cordless ‡ Foot Mouse ‡ Glidepoint ‡ IntelliMouse ‡ J Mouse ‡ Joystick ‡ Touchpad ‡ Trackball ‡ TrackPoint ‡ Wheel Mouse


Foot Mouse



J Mouse





Wheel Mouse

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