[TechAssist] Man who glued TV watchers to the couch dies

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  • Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2007 19:47:49 -0500

*BOISE, Idaho* (AP) -- Hit the mute button for a moment of silence: The 
co-inventor of the TV remote has died.

Robert Adler, who won an Emmy Award along with fellow engineer Eugene 
Polley for the device that made couch potatoship possible, died Thursday 
of heart failure at a Boise nursing home at 93, Zenith Electronics Corp. 
said Friday.

In his six-decade career with Zenith, Adler was a prolific inventor, 
earning more than 180 U.S. patents. He was best known for his 1956 
Zenith Space Command remote control, which helped make TV a truly 
sedentary pastime.

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded Adler and 
co-inventor Polley, another Zenith engineer, an Emmy in 1997 for the 
landmark invention.

Adler joined Zenith's research division in 1941 after earning a 
doctorate in physics from the University of Vienna. He retired as 
research vice president in 1979, and served as a technical consultant 
until 1999, when Zenith merged with LG Electronics Inc.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published his most recent patent 
application, for advances in touch screen technology, on February 1.

(from cnn.com)


Doug Keller
Wis-Kel Electronics
101 Freeland Ave.
Terra Alta, WV
USA        26764
"Learn from the mistakes of others, because you
won't live long enough to make them all yourself"

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