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Remote Control Inventor Dies

Llew

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Robert Adler,co- inventor of the ubiquitous remote control, has died aged 93.

An employee of the Zenith electronics company, I suppose he was either guilty of making us all lardy-arsed couch potatoes or the one who released us from the terrible inconvenience of having to actually walk over to the telly/stereo's buttons :-doh2

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/02/17/ap/national/mainD8NB4F880.shtml

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Just been reading his Bio', seems that he invented/developed some far more important things than the remote control, but of course, the remote was the most universally known. :)
 

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Before infrared was used, I had a Philips G9 TV that would change channels by itself.
The ultrasoninc circuit would be affected by jangling keys, or a squark from next doors budgie.
 

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Bloody menace they are. When one reaches my age you have to mark em in order to know which does what and where :confused

Marts :-rofl2
 

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Channel Hopper said:
Before infrared was used, I had a Philips G9 TV that would change channels by itself.
The ultrasoninc circuit would be affected by jangling keys, or a squark from next doors budgie.
My grandmother had a TV with an utrasonic remote control. My mother could make it close down every time she cleared her throat!
 

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My nephew had a remote control car that worked by picking up "clicks" fron the remote (or whatever made a clicking noise) to switch between Forwards and Reverse...

I always wondered who came up with that idea, and now I know!!! What a stupid idea!!! :-rofl2
 

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I was always curious about those ultrasound remotes - partly because the sender looked like a larger electret condenser microphone without black gauze. Plus the usual, playing around with wall reflections, obstructions, etc. Whatever: never liked them.

OT: its was only when I bought a digital camera that I realised how boring Infrared remotes were too, LOL.

If it wasn't for the licensing nightmare of new technologies - I am sure remotes would be Bluetooth/WiFi these days. But, HARK!!

That being the case, surely we are back in the 'sound' spectrum again ?? ??? ............

RIP Mr Adler ;-))

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