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Inventor Paul Darbee Dead At 66

Anaheim, Calif. – Paul Darbee, 66, longtime CE industry veteran and founder of DarbeeVision, which sells video-enhancement technologies, died suddenly Sept. 23, as his company was making preparations for its appearance at CEDIA Expo.

Born Feb. 3, 1947, Darbee was a visionary inventor and entrepreneur who helped found remote-control resource Universal Electronics, and developed the preprogrammed universal remote control.

For the past several years he had steered DarbeeVision, a company he founded, to market digital video-enhancement technology, including the Darblet, an add-on device that brings 3D-like visual depth cues into video images, using Darbee Visual Presence (DVP) technology.

This year the company introduced the Cobalt, a cellphone-sized video-enhancement device targeting gamers.

His company has been working to have manufacturers of TVs and peripheral devices embed his technology into their products.

At the recent CEDIA Expo, the company showed its latest system that adds video enhancement to video surveillance footage, to help clean up images for security and law enforcement purposes.

Darbee used his love of physics and math to create ways to enhance lives through electronics. He was also a baseball enthusiast who could be found umpiring youth games in his spare time.

He is survived by his wife, Rochelle, and son, Adam. A remembrance celebration will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, in Orange Park Acres, Calif. 

Family and friends in the company said they are deeply determined to continue Darbee’s goal of having his technology in homes all over the globe.