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The Mouse: Founding Father of Interactive Digital Signage

Posted On June 9th, 2015 By Muriel Rus

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Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear original computer mouse, happy birthday to you!  Okay, I know that’s pretty cheesy, but this year marks the 45th anniversary of the creation of the first computer mouse.  Douglas Engelbart, with the assistance of Bill English, created the first working mouse for the home computer in 1963 and had it patented in 1970.1 Originally coined the “X-Y Position Indicator for a Display System,” the mouse was used with the Xerox Alto computer in 1973 and then recreated and widely used with Apple’s Lisa computer a few years later.  At the most basic level, this primitive design connected the user to the system as the movement of the hand on the mouse was echoed by the cursor moving on the computer screen.  Though this early version of a mouse might have been a very rough idea of what is possible in terms of human to technology interaction, it paved the way for interactive digital signage.

Today there is no need for a mouse as the relationship between people and computers has been made seamless with the creation of touchscreen interaction.  By placing interactive digital signage in public settings, users are able to manually manipulate these interactive signs to do things like:  find directions, become educated on products or companies as well find answers to common questions.  Digital signage is not only eye-catching technology, but it engages and entertains users through up-to-date and live streaming materials through user-friendly software.

If you’re interested in seeing how interactive digital signage can increase user experience for your business, call or email us to set up a deminar!

1.) Computer Hope. “When and Who Invented the first Computer Mouse.” http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch001083.htm

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