User input & interaction - from the mouse to gesture-based control

Englebart's Mouse PrototypeIt's seemed like for many years the relative genius of The Mouse as an input device was truly innovative. It enabled us to interact with iconography on our desktops and thus transform the personal computer from something a bit geeky to something that, through the use of some strange metaphor-inspired icons, would be usable to millions of people across the world. Importantly, the metaphors of the User Interface - the desktop, trash can, folders and files - went hand-in-hand with its success at supporting users understand and move from the analogue world to a digital one.

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