BOISE, Idaho (AP) Hit the mute button for a moment of silence: The co-inventor of the TV remote, Robert Adler, has died. Adler, who won an Emmy Award along with fellow engineer Eugene Polley for the device that made the couch potato 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.
1956? 19-fifty-freakin'-six??? That's when the tv remote came out? Wow.
Adler wished he had been recognized for more of his broad-ranging applications that were useful in the war (WWII) and in space and were building blocks of other technology, she (his wife) said, "but then the remote control changed the life of every man."
RIP, Robert Adler.