Sunday, May 2, 2010

Do We Need Mousepads?

Do We Need Mousepads?:

In 1969, Jack Kelley of Herman Miller designed the first mousepad. The purpose of the mousepad was to increase the friction of the mouse ball. Designed with a metallic, rubber-coated ball inside the mouse to track the computer’s cursor based on the turning on the mouse. The surface needed enough friction in order for the ball to turn. A mousepad gave that necessary friction.

"Mousepads are used to keep the desk or table surface from being scratched and worn by continuous hand and mouse moving motion. It reduces the dust and debris from collecting under the mouse. Most important is that it allows the wrist to rest on the pad rather than a harder surface."

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