The inventor, Robert Adler is dead, at the age of 93. One of his best known inventions, the remote control, was introduced in 1956. (In Sweden the invention got a wider spread around 20 years later…).
In his lifetime, Adler was granted 180 patents for electronic devices. During World War II, he worked on high-frequency oscillators and electromechanical filters for aircraft radios. He is also known for his work in surface acoustic wave technology used in color televisions and touch screens.
But the invention Adler is best known for is however the wireless remote control for televisions. While not the first remote control, Adler’s remote control used sound to communicate with a television set instead of using light. In the 1960’s, Mr. Adler modified the remote control to use ultrasonic signals.
In 1980 Robert Adler was awarded the IEEE’s Edison Medal. In 1997, he and his co-inventor Eugene Polley were awarded an Emmy by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. His latest patent application was filed on February 1, 2007 for work on touch-screen technology. Mr Adler died on Februari 15, 2007.
Inventor, Mr Robert Adler