45 years of the mouse

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2007 marks the 45th year of the mouse’s existence. As Wired shows through a documented visual archive of the history of the mouse, it remains one of the only peripherals that hasn’t changed entirely that much since its use. Add a few wheels, buttons, and optic lasers, and you have pretty much the same concept of the mouse that was developed almost half a century ago.

With the rise of the Wii and voice recognition, the age of the mouse might be living its last gasp as sensors and touchscreens become more of an everyday used commodity. In any case, congratulations on surviving this long computer mouse. — Andrew Dobrow

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