The 1st Computer Rodent
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In 1964, Dr.
Douglas Engelbart received a patent for a device consisting of a wooden
shell and two metal wheels - the computer mouse. In 1970, a patent was
awarded (out of more than 45 for Dr. Englebart) for what was described
in the patent application as an "X-Y position indicator for a display
system." He nicknamed it the "mouse" because the tail came out the end.