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X-ray CT illustrates the evolution of the computer mouse

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Following “The Evolution of Electronic Light Bulbs” last year, Herminso Gomez has expanded the theme with a new series of images depicting “The Evolution of the Computer Mouse”. Using the Nikon Metrology XT H 225 ST, Herminso’s CT scans reveal just how much the internal features and dimensions have changed over the years, as well as the external ergonomics and aesthetics.

Below, take a look at some of Herminso’s images featuring the evolution of the computer mouse as well as the evolution of the Apple mouse and some close-up images of both. To find out more and see the full series take a look at the OSA Optics & Photonics News – 2016 photo contest.

 

The evolution of the computer mouse/Imaged with the X-rays of a Nikon's XT H 225 ST computed tomography system.

As illustrated by X-rays, these snapshots depict how the design of the computer mouse has evolved from wired electro-mechanical trackballs to a wireless optical/laser tracking mechanism. From left to right: Apple Desktop Bus Mouse II M2706, Dell Optical Laser USB Mouse 01KHD8, and Microsoft Wireless Nano Transceiver Mobile Mouse 1000.

 

 

The evolution of the computer mouse/Imaged with the X-rays of a Nikon's XT H 225 ST computed tomography system.

A Microsoft Wireless USB Nano Transceiver Mobile Mouse 1000. Imaged with the X-rays of a Nikon’s XTH225-ST computed tomography system.

 

 

The evolution of the Apple mouse/Imaged with the X-rays of a Nikon's XT H 225 ST computed tomography system.

As illustrated by X-rays, this brief history of the Apple mouse shows how its design evolved from wired electro-mechanical trackballs to wireless optical/laser tracking mechanisms; from a two button to a wireless multi-touch design; from a rectangular block shape to trapezoidal, circular, and elliptical shapes becoming increasingly more ergonomic.

 

 

The evolution of the Apple mouse/Imaged with the X-rays of a Nikon's XT H 225 ST computed tomography system.

A Wireless Optical/Laser Apple Mighty Mouse A1197. Imaged with the X-rays of a Nikon’s XT H 225 ST computed tomography system.

 

All Image Credit: Herminso Villarraga-Gómez, Nikon Metrology, Inc.

 

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