The inventor of the mouse died today and everyone should know that. Someday, when mice live with rotary phones and VHS tapes in the museum of tech relics, this will be an odd footnote in the history of inventions. But today it’s an important bit of news.
For my money, the mouse was the first device to successfully bridge the gap of human-computer interactivity. Brilliant in its simplicity, we wouldn’t have the myriad of newfangled HCI devices we have today without the mouse; think trackpads, Wiimotes, touchscreens, Kinect, Glass, etc. Then again, I could live without all the Glassholes in the world, but I won’t blame Englebart on the creation of the hipster.