If there were no computer mouse, there would be no mouse pad. The mouse was first invented in the 1960s by Douglas C. Engelbart, a World War II veteran, but it did not gain worldwide recognition until it was combined with Apple's Macintosh 20 years later.
Engelbart's computer mouse was made of wood and has two metal wheels. He named it "mouse" because "the tail came out of the end." Apple's mouse, on the other hand, has a squeegee at the bottom. These early models paved the way for the future of the computer mouse and eventually the mouse pad.
The mouse pad invented by Jack Kelley first appeared at a 1968 demonstration in San Francisco called "The Mother of All Demos." This is a simple insert, just to support the world's first computer mouse.
Kelly and Douglas Englebart, the inventor of the first computer mouse, were colleagues at a furniture company called Herman Miller. Kelly designed a super simple mouse pad to support Englebart's invention.
20 years later, when apple introduced its own computer mouse, the mouse pad became even more valuable.
Why the Mouse Pads Becoming Popular?
To meet the demand for mouse pads, Bob McDermand and his company Mousetrak began mass-producing mouse pads with the Apple logo in the 1980s. These were so successful that the company later struck licensing deals with Disney, LucasFilms and Paramount.
Some sources also mentioned that Armando Fernandez deserves credit for the mouse pad. He worked for Xerox, and in 1979, he invented a rubber pad that didn't slide off the wholesale promotional products.
Most of Xerox's mice include the "special mouse pad" invented by Fernandes. The only problem was that Xerox was notorious for making extremely expensive technology. In fact, they sold the mouse for $300, and now it's over $1,000!
It was this lack of accessibility and affordability that probably doomed Fernandez to take a back seat to the invention of the mouse pad. Still, it is worth noting that he has a place in history.
Did you know?
The term "mouse pad" was first used in 1983. This is part of an article published at InfoWorld, a technology resource.
It may seem like a trivial project, but the mouse pad has actually played a pivotal role in various events and moments in history.
Take Senator John McCain's 2008 campaign. He gave the mouse pad as a souvenir to those who had donated at least $75 to his campaign. There are three options for donors, one of which has a glowing picture of the senator on the mat. McCain can look at you every time you browsed the internet!
Although McCain eventually lost the race, voters still couldn't get enough freebies. In fact, he received more than $164 million in donations during his presidential campaign!