Overheard: Word of the Day

Apr 13 2012   2:48PM GMT

Overheard talking about mickey and other mouse-related terminology

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

“Every time the mouse moves a certain distance, a signal (think of a playing card in a bicycle wheel) is sent to the microcontroller and counted. If 100 of these signals or clicks is equivalent to one mouse ball rotation, and the microcontroller has received 100 clicks in the forward direction and 50 clicks in the sideways direction, the computer, with the aid of some simple programming, can understand that the mouse has moved one ball rotation forward and a half rotation sideways.”Office of Naval Research Science & Technology

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the day is mickeya unit of measurement for the smallest detectable movement of a mouse.


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