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Fascinating facts about Robert Adler inventor
of the TV remore control in 1956.
Robert Adler
AT A GLANCE:
The first TV remote control, called "Lazy Bones," was developed in 1950 by Zenith Electronics Corporation (then known as Zenith Radio Corporation). Lazy Bones used a cable that ran from the TV set to the viewer. In 1956, Zenith's Dr. Robert Adler suggested using "ultrasonic's," that is, high-frequency sound, beyond the range of human hearing. He was assigned to lead a team of engineers to work on the first use of ultrasonic's technology in the home as a new approach for a remote control.

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Inventor: Robert Adler
Robert Adler photo courtesy IEEE History Center
Criteria: First to patent. First practical.
Birth: December 4, 1913 in Vienna, Austria
Career: Worked for Zenith Corp. for 38 years and continues consulting
Nationality: Austrian
Invention: TV remote control in 1956
Remote control photo courtesy Zenith Corporation
Function: noun
Definition: A remote control is an electronic device used for the remote operation of a machine. As in a remote control for a television.
  Over 9 million Adler remotes were sold
Milestones:
1893 An remote control was described by Nikola Tesla, in his patent, U.S. Patent 613,809
1950
The first TV remote control, called "Lazy Bones," was developed iby Zenith
1955
Zenith engineer Eugene Polley invented the "Flashmatic," the industry's first wireless TV remote
1956 Robert Adler's  "Zenith Space Command," remote control went into production

1980
By the early 1980s, the industry moved to infrared,
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