Pause To Remember The Man Behind The Remote, Robert Adler, Dead At 93

Boise, Idaho (AP) -- One of the men who made it possible to be a couch potato has died.

Robert Adler, the co-inventor of the TV remote, passed away Thursday because of heart failure at a nursing home in Idaho. Zenith Electronics says Adler was 93.

Adler won an Emmy Award in 1997 along with a fellow engineer for the device, and has more than 180 US patents.

In his six-decade career with Zenith, Adler was a prolific inventor. He retired as Research Vice President in 1979, and served as a technical consultant until 1999, when Zenith merged with LG Electronics.

The US Patent and Trademark Office published his most recent patent application, for advances in touch screen technology earlier this month.

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