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Pause to remember the man behind the remote
Written by Gizmo   
Monday, 19 February 2007 14:34
Hit the mute button for a moment of silence: The co-inventor of the TV remote, Robert Adler, has died.

Read the full story at Syndney Morning Herald:

Adler, who won an Emmy Award along with fellow engineer Eugene Polley for the device, died yesterday of heart failure at a Boise nursing home at 93, Zenith Electronics Corp said today.

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

In a May 2004 interview, Adler recalled being among two dozen engineers at Zenith given the mission to find a new way for television viewers to change channels without getting out of their chairs or tripping over a cable.

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