THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Lou Ottens, the Dutch inventor of the cassette tape, the medium of selection for hundreds of thousands of bed room combine tapes, has died, mentioned Philips, the corporate the place he additionally helped develop the compact disc.
Ottens died Saturday at age 94, Philips confirmed.
A structural engineer who educated on the prestigious Technical College in Delft, he joined Philips in 1952 and was head of the Dutch firm’s product growth division when he started work on another for present tape recorders with their cumbersome giant spools of tape.
His objective was easy. Make tapes and their gamers way more transportable and simpler to make use of.
“Through the growth of the cassette tape, within the early Sixties, he had a wood block made that match precisely in his coat pocket,” mentioned Olga Coolen, director of the Philips Museum within the southern metropolis of Eindhoven. “This was how massive the primary Compact Cassette was to be, making it loads handier than the cumbersome tape recorders in use on the time.”
The ultimate product created in 1962 later was a worldwide hit, with greater than 100 billion cassettes bought, many to music followers who would report their very own compilations direct from the radio. Its recognition waned with the event of the compact disc, an invention Ottens additionally helped create as supervisor of a growth group, Philips mentioned.