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Co-inventor of the remote control dies

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 17th 2007 10:29AM

Zenith adCouch potatoes around the world are in mourning: Robert Adler, one of the inventors of the TV remote control, died on Thursday in Boise, Idaho.

Adler is credited with creating (with fellow inventor Eugene Polley) the remote control named The Space Command. The wireless device was created by Adler and Polley while they were both working for Zenith in the mid 1950s. He got a special Emmy in 1997. But that's not the only thing that Adler invented. He had over 180 patents. In fact, the latest one (for a touch screen technology) was filed earlier this month.

Adler also got an award in 1974 for a paper on an Optical Video Disc Player. This helped lead to the invention of DVDs.

Adler was 93.

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To the late Robert Adler,
For millions of TV viewers over the years who have remote controls around the world, we honor you. And even with our heavy usage with DVDs today. Sometimes, we don't always think about the inventors of the everyday products we use, but this time I am. My condolences go out to his family....

February 18 2007 at 5:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Andy Greco

@1 i hope your not kidding, thats terrible

it seems like he changed alot for us TV lovers, i commend him

February 18 2007 at 2:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Funny that the guy who is responsible for starting the 'couch potato' life lived in Idaho...

That said, i love that man.

February 17 2007 at 6:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Must have been terrible for his family. I heard he fell behind the couch, and it was days before anyone found him.

February 17 2007 at 12:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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