Get up from the couch and salute

February 16, 2007 at 11:48 pm | Posted in history | Leave a comment
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2007_spacecom.jpgRobert Adler passed away today at the age of 93.

Mr. Adler has 180 patents under his name but he is best remembered for one invention: the TV remote control.  The device that he invented used tiny hammers (I am not making this up) to create high-frequency sounds that the TV responded to when the appropriate button was pressed.

His invention became the Zenith Space Command and paved the way for 500 channels of (mostly) useless programming.  Imagine using the dial to skip the home shopping channels…

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