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The goal of the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is to catalyze the computing research community to debate longer range, more audacious research challenges; to build consensus around research visions; to evolve the most promising visions toward clearly defined initiatives; and to work with the funding organizations to move challenges and visions toward funding initiatives. The purpose of this blog is to provide a more immediate, online mechanism for dissemination of visioning concepts and community discussion/debate about them.

Thirty years from prototype to product…the mouse

July 3rd, 2013 / in Uncategorized / by Ann Drobnis

mouseTimothy B. Lee of The Washington Post reports on the death of Douglas Engelbart, inventor of the mouse, and why it took 30 years for the public to adopt the technology.

“Engelbart created the first mouse prototype in 1963. He showed off the capabilities of his invention, and of software developed to make use of it, in a famous 1968 demonstration.

As amazing as his demo was, it would take almost three decades for the mouse to reach a mass audience. Apple released the first successful mouse-based computer in 1984, but text-based DOS continued to dominate the industry until Microsoft developed tolerable versions of Windows in the early 1990s. The release of Windows 95 in 1995 signaled the final triumph of mouse-based computing.”

The article further explains why many computing technologies take a long time to reach the market.

The Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB) released a report called “Continuing Innovation in Information Technology” last year which fully explains the research ecosystem from University Research to Industry Research and Development to Market as reported on the CCCBlog.

Thirty years from prototype to product…the mouse