Inventor of the TV remote dies

2012-05-23 09:35
Chicago - A spokesperson for Zenith Electronics said Eugene Polley, the inventor of the first wireless TV remote control, has died.

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

He was 96.

TV enthusiasts 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.


  • Mfundi - 2012-05-23 09:58

    RIP sir. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your invention! Now I can put a face behind that great device, I love the remote and again may your soul rest in peace.

      Preshen - 2012-05-24 08:27

      Greatest invention since the wheel

  • annettebdv - 2012-05-23 09:58

    It would only be a man that would invent a tv remote lol

      Dianne - 2012-05-23 11:59

      True. My husband grips the remote so tightly that I'm scared the batteries are going to expolode.

  • Dianne - 2012-05-23 10:44

    Until he invented remotes the kids were remotes werent they? RIP sir, we are forever indebted to you.

      annettebdv - 2012-05-23 11:26

      Very true Dianne. That is why we, as kids, were so energetic in those days.

      Kwajo.m - 2012-05-23 20:27

      You killed me and great comment. Indebted for a life time indeed.

  • stormers.fanbasefull - 2012-05-23 18:36

    RIP squire. And thank you for one of the most fabulous gifts.

  • Kwajo.m - 2012-05-23 20:25

    RIP, your innovation is addictive and deliver.

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