INVENTOR IS DEAD AT THE AGE OF 96

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Eugene Polley with his Flash-Matic (L) and a present day remote control

Eugene Polley, inventor of the TV remote control, has died at the age of 96. His
former employer, Zenith Electronics, announced that he died of natural causes
on Sunday, May 20 at a Chicago hospital.

In 1955 Polley invented the Flash-Matic, which shot a beam of light at photo cells
placed on each corner of a TV screen allowing it to change channels as well
as turning it on and off.

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posted by Bob Karm in CLASSIC ADS,DEATH,Electronics,HISTORY,INVENTION,TV and have Comment (1)

One Response to “INVENTOR IS DEAD AT THE AGE OF 96”

  1. JOE COOK says:

    I HAVE OFTEN WONDERED WHO IT WAS THAT
    PUT ME OUT OF WORK IN 1955 AT THE TENDER
    AGE OF NINE YEARS OLD! NOT FOR LONG THOUGH! ABOUT THATTIME DAD INTRODUCED
    ME TO THE LAWN MOWER!!!

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