Imagine using a joystick or your knee to control the pointer on your computer screen? That could be the case if the basic research of Dr. Douglas Engelbart wasn’t funded.
In the early 1960s, AFOSR awarded a contract to Dr. Engelbart and the Stanford Research Institute for research on augmenting human intellect and the potential for computers to assist people in complex decision-making.
His 1962 report to AFOSR served as a roadmap for developing computer technologies–particularly in the area of human interfaces.
This was followed in 1964 with his design of the first computer mouse, a wooden casing with two metal wheels that provided a way to “point and click” on a display screen.
Engelbart and his team would go on to make significant contributions to what would become the graphic user interface, and were involved in the development of ARPANET, the precursor of the Internet.
With early funding for the inventor of the mouse and scores of computer related innovations, AFOSR played a role in sparking the computer revolution.
Did you know that Stanford Research Institute patented the mouse and licensed it to Apple for just $40,000?