Mar 11, 2021

By Andy Johnson

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You may not have known his name, but there is probably not a Zoomer alive who hasn’t used his invention.

Dutch engineer Lou Ottens, the inventor of a the cassette tape, has died.

Ottens was the head of Philips’ product development department when he unveiled the first cassette tapes at the Berlin Radio Electronics Fair in 1963.  Since then it’s estimated 100-billion cassette tapes have been sold around the world.

Ottens was involved in the development of the compact disk and more than 200-billion of those have been sold worldwide.

Lou Ottens was 94.

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