Did You Know that Atari Arcade Games Inspired the Original Apple Mouse?

Atari arcade games inspired the original Apple mouseWhen you think about it, you have to wonder how the home computer market would have succeeded without the revolutionary interface device, the mouse.  The same can be said of Apple’s Macintosh computer (which included the device), and while they did not invent the mouse, legendary engineer Jim Yurchenco made it viable. For inspiration, Yurchenco looked at Atari, which so happened to be Steve Jobs’ former employer.  The inspiration was Atari’s “Trak-Ball” controller, as the original mouse that Jobs played with during a visit to Xerox PARC in the early 1980s worked similar to the Trak-Ball, but the whole set up was wildly expensive — like $400 wildly expensive. In an effort to make a similar device and bring the price down to $25 a piece, Apple contacted design firm Hovey-Kelley, led by Yurchenco. Continue reading “Did You Know that Atari Arcade Games Inspired the Original Apple Mouse?”

Idenburg’s Sci-Fi GUI’s on Wii U with Eddie Guerrero – WIRed #21


This week on WIRed, Architect Florian Idenburg stops by Texas A&M, How tech in sci-fi influences graphic user interfaces, what about the Wii U, and remembering “Latino Heat” Eddie Guerrero.   Continue reading “Idenburg’s Sci-Fi GUI’s on Wii U with Eddie Guerrero – WIRed #21”

So Xerox, What’s Next From You PC-Inventing People?

It was back in the day (particularly 1970) and under company president Charles Peter McColough, Xerox opened the Xerox PARC (Xerox Palo Alto Research Center) research facility, where hardware and software designers invented several of the most important elements of personal computing still in use today. Features such as the graphic user interface (GUI), the computer mouse and desktop computing are common and appreciated today, but the board of directors were very dismissive of them and ordered the Xerox engineers to share them with Apple technicians. Later, those features were taken on by Apple and, later, Microsoft — Pirates of Silicon Valley anyone? — and mainly thanks to those innovations, these two companies would then go on to duopolize (or however you would use “monopolize” in the plural-sense) the world of personal computing.  Anyway, the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center is well known for its ability to be developing the “what’s next” in the technological world before most other competing companies can barely visualize it, and according to this video feature below from the guys at CNET, their current Xerox CTO Sophie Vandebroek needs to keep that spirit of innovation and creativity going.   Continue reading “So Xerox, What’s Next From You PC-Inventing People?”