Who invented the mouse pad?
The first mouse pad was invented in 1969 by Jack Kelley.
They print off an image onto a piece of heat transfer paper then apply that image to the mouse pad using both pressure and heat for a short period of time. Then they peel the transfer paper off and the image is left onto the mouse pad. Theres also a sublimation technique that's very similar except they use special ink that transfers over to the mouse pad without the need for the transfer paper.
The pointer itself that is on the screen is called a cursor. the mouse is the hardware you buy that look like i tiny mouse with a tail that makes it so you can move the cursor. also on a laptop the "mouse"(that is built in) is called a tracker pad, mainly because its a pad and it tracks your fingers movement.