To: Tom Whitney
From: Dean Hovey
Re: Mouse development project
Cc: Bill Lapson, Jerry Manock, Tom Hong
This memo's intent is to establish H/K's perception, to this date, of its involvement with Apple's Mouse development program.
In early January 1980, I discussed the possibility, with Steve Jobs, of H/K working on a small, complete product for Apple. At that time, the Mouse was mentioned as a potential product. After that discussion, H/K began to collect literature and discuss with vendors various possibilities of Mouse design.
Early in April, news surfaced, Lisa would require a Mouse at introduction and a development project was being opened. Tom Hong would be in charge of this project. I discussed with Mr. Hong the possibility of H/K working on the development project. After a minor misunderstanding about the course of the project, Mr. Hong suggested I discuss with Tom Whitney H/K's specific working relationship on the Mouse project.
H/K is interested in the Mouse project for these reasons:
From the inception, H/K's understanding of the design specs are the following:
The remainder of this memo elaborates on our discussion. I stated the following:
Because a Mouse is an important part of the Lisa concept, a dual development is strategic to Apple.
Another design consultant and H/K would work on the development in parallel on different concepts. Each firm will work independently under the guidance of Bill Lapson.
The first design effort would be to build a breadboard prototype to establish concept feasibility. When both development projects reached this point, the designs would be compared rating advantages and disadvantages. If possible, attractive features of both designs might be integrated into a final design direction.
Tom Whitney asked how much it would cost to build this first prototype. I estimated between $7,000 and $12,000. At this point I received a go-ahead on the development project. My assumption was these funds were authorized, and were to be billed under our already established contractual relationship.
It was also agreed H/K might have the opportunity to manufacture Mice for Apple. Why?
Finally, regardless of whose design proved most attractive, H/K would probably work on the Industrial Design and potentially still have the opportunity to manufacture Mice for Apple.