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The inventor of the television remote control has passed at the age of 96. The Associated Press news agency reported that Eugene J. Polley died of causes on Sunday. His is one of today’s most commonly and ubiquitous devices. Mr Polley worked as an engineer for a company called Zenith, now part of Korea’s LG Electronics. He introduced his gun- remote control, called the Flash-Matic, in 1955. It was one of 18 patents he . The Flash-Matic used light to turn the TV on and off, the volume and change channels. His invention was up five years later by fellow Zenith engineer Robert Adler, who used ultrasound of light. Today’s remote controls use infrared .

Polley worked for Zenith for 47 years and held some technology posts. In 1997, the USA’s National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences honoured him by him with an Emmy Award for ‘Pioneering Development of Wireless Remote Controls for Consumer Television.’ Polley’s invention is something we all for granted nowadays. Generations of people have up not knowing that before remote controls, people actually had to the sofa and push a button or turn a to change their TV . Today we use remotes for everything from adjusting the brightness of lights to changing songs on our iPods to opening the garage door 30 metres. Life would be different without this gadget.

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
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