As reported by Dutch publication NRC Handelsblad, the inventor of the compact cassette tape, Lou Ottens has died aged 94.
Ottens started working at Philips in 1952 and have become the pinnacle of product improvement for the corporate’s Hasselt division in 1960. Right here, he began his journey to deliver the reel-to-reel tape format right into a extra moveable and user-friendly type issue.
The primary success for Ottens and his workforce was the Philips EL 3585 – a ‘moveable’ tape recorder that ran on batteries, however nonetheless used the reel-to-reel format. You may view this pleasant piece of historical past at Johan’s Old Radios.
Pissed off by the bulkiness and clumsiness of the format, Ottens and his workforce labored to condense the know-how, and two years later they unveiled the primary compact cassette tape, full with a plastic housing.
The cassette was debuted on the Berlin Radio Present in 1963, and was marketed as being ‘smaller than a pack of cigarettes’. Quickly after, the time period “compact cassette tape” was trademarked and Philips had developed a consumer-ready participant to deal with the brand new commonplace format.
A decade later, Ottens would even be concerned within the Philips workforce that collaborated with Sony to develop the CD, yet one more trade commonplace for storing nice quantities of audio in an extremely compact vogue.
When NRC Handelsblad had requested Ottens in 2018 what he thought in regards to the renewed curiosity that cassette tapes have been having in recent times, the pioneer thought it was foolish, noting that CDs have been unbeatable for audio high quality.