TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Inventer of TV Remote Dies

Inventer of TV Remote Dies

Shannon Dininny, Associated Press (
Fri, 16 Feb 2007 17:07:58 -0600

By SHANNON DININNY, Associated Press Writer

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 Feb. 1.

Adler is survived by his wife, Ingrid.

Copyright 2007 The Associated Press.

NOTE: For more telecom/internet/networking/computer news from the
daily media, check out our feature 'Telecom Digest Extra' each day at . Hundreds of new
articles daily. And, discuss this and other topics in our forum at (or)

For more news and headlines, please go to:

Post Followup Article Use your browser's quoting feature to quote article into reply
Go to Next message: Reuters News Wire: "A Dangerous Internet Drug Mistake"
Go to Previous message: M: "Re: Innocent Teacher Convicted in Computer Porn Case"
TELECOM Digest: Home Page