Saturday, February 17, 2007

Robert Adler, co-inventor of the TV remote, passes away

In his lifetime, Mr. Adler secured over 180 patents, one of which we in modern times couldn't live without.

He won an Emmy in 1997, for his contribution to the invention of the TV remote control in the 1950's. Wireless remote control, that is -- remember that the first remote controls were hardwired directly to the TV.

Unlike today's remotes, though, his device didn't need its batteries replaced every few months because it used a strip of metal and a hammer (think of a xylophone) to send signals to the TV.

The name of this device? The Zenith Space Command remote control. Sooo 1950's.....

Source: CNN

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