Thursday, February 22, 2007


All couch potatoes should hit the mute button for a moment of silence. The co-inventor of the TV remote has died. Robert Adler who was 93 died of heart failure at a Boise nursing home. In his six decade career with Zenith he earned more than 180 U.S. patents, but was best known for his 1956 Zenith Space Command remote control. He started with Zenith in 1941 in their research division and retired in 1979 as a vice president. He stayed with Zenith as a consultant until 1999 when Zenith merged with LG Electronics.

His most recent patent application for advances in touch screen technology was published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on February 1.

We all owe him a debt of gratitude for making it easier to watch several programs at once.

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