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Old May 22, 2012, 06:32 PM   #1
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Default Inventor of TV remote dies age 96

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The inventor of the television remote control has died at the age of 96, his former employer has said.

Zenith Electronics said Eugene Polley passed away of natural causes on Sunday at a Chicago hospital.

His 1955 invention, Flash-Matic, pointed a beam of light at photo cells on each corner of the TV, turning it off and on and changing the channels.

His invention was a luxury add-on in the days before hundreds of cable television channels.

Born in Chicago in 1915, Polley began his engineering career in 1935. He worked at Zenith for 47 years, earning 18 US patents.
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Old May 22, 2012, 06:38 PM   #2
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Single handedly made americans fat
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Old May 22, 2012, 06:47 PM   #3
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Thats the worst part now whats the good?
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Old May 22, 2012, 06:53 PM   #4
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His family probably has millions in the bank?
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Old May 22, 2012, 06:53 PM   #5
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So did they bury him down the back of the couch?
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Nay! It finally brought to life to the average person something akin to the Force(TM).
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Pretty sure the first TV remote used a type of tuning fork instead of a light emitter. The remote required no battery at all, a spring would move a hammer against a metal fork producing a high frequency sound, different sound depending on the combination of forks struck. The bad part was some birds were able to mimic the sound and the TV would appear to change channels on its own.
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