The pioneer of home games consoles, Ralph Baer has died at the age of 92. Baer created the Odyssey and licensed it to TV manufacturer Magnavox. The console went on sale as the Magnavox Odyssey in 1972.
Ralph Baer is also responsible for the first peripherals for consoles including the light gun as well as inventing many popular electronic games. He also helped Coleco develop some of its consoles and worked on collaborative network play.
Germany born Baer emigrated to the United States, prior to World War II, where he started working with electronics and trained as a radio service engineer.
The electronic copying toy, Simon, was also powered by Baer’s electronics.