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WE USE his invention every day but few will have noticed the death this week of Douglas Engelbart.

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ROLL MODEL . . . prototype

The original Bill Gates — yet without the Microsoft tycoon’s fame or fortune — he created in 1963 the first prototype computer mouse, inset left. American Engelbart, who died aged 88, also pioneered hypertext — linking text on different computer screens at the click of a . . . mouse. He gave it its first public demonstration in 1968. He was a forefather, too, of video conferencing and worked on early versions of word processing, email and the internet. But Engelbart never got rich. He invented his mouse while working at the Stanford Research Institute in California and they had so little idea of its worth that they sold Apple the rights for just £26,000. Engelbart reaped NO royalties — and by the time the personal computing revolution was in full swing the

By LEE PRICE 17-year patent on his mouse had expired and he could only look on as “his” gizmo sold by the billion. One consolation in 1997 was winning the £325,000 LemelsonMIT Prize — the world’s largest cash award for invention and innovation. Engelbart said of his mouse: “It was a simple mechanical device with two perpendicularly mounted discs on the bottom. Today’s mice have been modified by incorporating a ball.”

Laughed

Speaking before his death, he was unimpressed by laptop trackpads and touchscreen devices. He said: “When the first touchscreens came out, we all laughed. They require too much wasted motion by the user. “Voice recognition? I don’t see how you can effectively move an object on screen. How would it work? would you say ‘up one pixel, now over two pixels to the right?’”


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