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TV remote control inventor dies

  • The inventor of the television remote control has died at the age of 96.

    Eugene Polley passed away of natural causes on Sunday at a Chicago hospital, according to Zenith Electronics, his former employer.

    His 1955 invention, the Flash-Matic, pointed a beam of light at photocells on each corner of the TV, enabling users to turn it off and on and change channels.

    The Flash-Matic preceded sonic and infrared TV remotes

    Born in Chicago in 1915, Polley began his engineering career in 1935. He worked at Zenith for 47 years where he registered 18 US patents under his belt.

    Before his invention, Zenith's first remote was connected to the television with a cable.