Eugene Polley, Inventor Of TV Remote, DEAD At 96

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    CHICAGO — A spokesman for Zenith Electronics says Eugene Polley, the inventor of the first wireless TV remote control, has died.

    John Taylor says the former Zenith engineer died of natural causes Sunday at a suburban Chicago hospital. He was 96.

    Couch potatoes everywhere have Polley to thank for hours of feet-up, channel surfing. His invention began as a luxury, but has become a necessity in an era of hundreds of TV channels and home theaters. Just ask anyone who's lost a remote.

    Polley's 1955 Flash-Matic pointed a beam of light at photo cells in the corners of the screen. This activated the picture and sound and changed channels.

    Polley and fellow Zenith engineer Robert Adler were honored in 1997 with an Emmy for their work in pioneering TV remotes.
     
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    I'm old enough to remember a time when you actually had to get off your ass to change the television channel.
     
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    had channels 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, and then you had to switch over to UHF :facepalm:
     
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    Oh fuck...I missed this.

    I started a thread too.


    Sorry bud
     
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    now i feel bad.......carry on poster
     
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    Thank you sir. Hopefully no one posts in mine and it drops to the abyss like all my other threads!
     
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    So this guy is responsible for lazy-ass kids.