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Hal Philipp: Inventor of the Modern Touch Screen

Boxing Robots and Automatic Door Openers Too

Show Notes

“Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door.”  Today, this is far from true. Small entrepreneurs fall in the shadows of large corporate giants like Google, Microsoft and Amazon. So what does it take to bring a clever idea to market?  We talk to Hal Philipp, the inventor and entrepreneur who made touch screens inexpensive and whose technology is today used all over the world.

  • 00:35 | Introduction; Hal Philipp
  • 01:40 | Robot boxer
  • 04:05 | Tektronix, Optical Technology
  • 07:50 | Automatic doors
  • 09:30 | Automatic faucet
  • 10:50 | Moving to England
  • 16:40 | Conclusion

H. Philipp and R.J. Marks II “Microprocessor based light bridge sensors,” Industrial Optical Sensing, SPIE vol.961, pp.28-34, 1988 (The Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers, Bellingham, WA)


Hal Philipp: Inventor of the Modern Touch Screen