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TV Remotes: Pushing All Our Buttons

2 years agoTechnology : Bits

No one foresaw the transformative power of the TV remote control when Zenith unveiled the first cordless remote, the Flash-Matic, in 1955. Created by Eugene J. Polley, who died May 20 at 96, it looked like a small ray gun. Read more...

The inventor of the remote control has died. It is a shame his invention has not died with him

I see that the inventor of the television remote control, Eugene J Polley, has died in America aged 96. Mr Polley seems to have been a very impressive individual, who worked his way up from the stockroom to become a leading engineer at Zenith, where he was employed for 47 years, and invented a number [...]

TV Remote Inventor Switches to the Other Side

Eugene Polley, the inventor of the wireless remote control, has died aged 96. Polley was already 20 years into his career with Zenith Electronics when he came up with the Flash-Matic. Before then, users either had to get a set with a remote control on a wire or — and younger readers of a delicate [...] No related posts.

The First Wireless TV Remote Looked and Worked Like a Sci-Fi Ray Gun [Past Perfect]

2 years agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

As we mourn the passing of Eugene J. Polley, it's worth taking a look back at his seminal invention that changed how we all lounge about watching TV. But when the first commercial wireless remote control appeared way back in 1955, it bared little resemblance to the remotes we use today. More »

Eugene Polley, inventor of the TV remote, RIP

2 years agoOdd : Boing Boing

p> Eugene Polley, inventor of the wireless TV remote control, has died. The former engineer for Zenith was 96. The first TV with the technology, called Flash-Matic tuning, hit stores in 1955. From the AP: The TV came with a green ray gun-shaped contraption with a red trigger. The advertising promised "TV miracles." The "flash [...]

Inventor of Wireless Remote Dies: Clunky Technology Lives On

More than 50 years after Eugene Polley invented the wireless TV remote, we are still struggling with how to tell our TVs what to watch.

Farewell to Eugene Polley, Inventor of the Wireless Remote

2 years agoNews : Reason

Some people change the way we view the world. Jesus. Marx. Freud. And Eugene Polley, inventor of the wireless TV remote, who passed away Sunday at age 96. More specifically, Polley created the Flash-Matic, a device whose place in the...Show More Summary

Wireless remote control inventor zaps out at 96

Eugene Polley took the knobs off technology The man who took the knobs off the TV set and made a significant innovation in wireless technology, Eugene Polley, died yesterday in Illinois, aged 96.…

Morning Links

2 years agoNews : The Agitator

Nice long exposure shot of this week’s SpaceX launch. Keep an eye on this one. Good analysis of Game of Thrones and the rules of television. Rest in peace, Eugene Polley. The world is better—and slightly fatter—because of you. Headline of the day. Runner-up. But for video. I agree with the outcome here, but I [...]

Eugene Polley, 1915 - 2012

“The flush toilet may have been the most civilized invention ever devised, but the remote control is the next most important. It’s almost as important as sex.” —Eugene Polley, who took great pride in the fact that he invented wireless television remote control for the Zenith in 1955, died Sunday in Downer's Grove, Illinois. Show More Summary

Morning Static: 90210, HOUSE, LOST & More!

• RIP: Eugene Polley, inventor of the first wireless TV remote control, has Died. • 9021-Oh-Oh: Gillian Zinsner leaves 90210. • The Business of Show: Mark Hudis to succeed Alan Ball as TRUE BLOOD showrunner. • HOUSE Series Finale Post-mortem:

Inventor of TV remote control dead at 96

2 years agoSports : Game On!

Sports couch potatoes, please take a moment of silence: Eugene Polley, inventor of the TV remote control, is dead at age 96 of natural cause...

Thank You, Mr. Polley: Inventor of the TV Remote Dies

Summary: The man who dreamed up an iconic piece of technology has passed away. Eugene Polley, the inventor of the first wireless TV remote, died May 20 at the age of 96. The former Zenith engineer invented the "Flash-Matic" TV remote in 1955. We wonder what Polley might have thought about how the technology he invented has evolved.

RIP Eugene Polley, Inventor of the TV Remote

We remember remote-control inventor Eugene Polley, who's affected your life more than any other man … except maybe your dad.

Eugene Polley, Inventor Of The Wireless Remote, Gone At 96

When you stop and think about it, there have been few inventions in the last century that have become more popular more quickly than Polley?s wireless remote. Before the Flash-Matic, everyone either got up to change the channel, didn?t change the channel or had a long device connected to the television. Show More Summary

R.I.P. Eugene Polley, Inventor Of The Remote Control On Which Our Jobs Depend

2 years agoNews : Mediaite

Here at Mediaite, our daily routine relies heavily on multiple television sets playing a multitude of cable news programs that provide fodder for our reporting and occasionally snarky commentary. It's safe to say that this website, and our jobs, would not exist without the television set. But there's another device we daily take for granted: the remote control.

TV: Newswire: R.I.P. Eugene Polley, inventor of the TV remote control

Numerous sources have confirmed the death of Eugene Polley—by technical trade, an inventor with 18 patents (plus a hand in developing the push-button car radio and the video disk), but by larger definition a liberator, whose creation...Show More Summary

Everything You Need to Remote Control Your Life [Toolkit]

2 years agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

We're all still pretty shook up at the passing of Eugene J. Polley, the inventor of one of the most important devices in the past 50 years: the wireless TV remote. More »

Inventor of First TV Remote Dead

Couch potatoes everywhere can pause and thank Eugene Polley for hours of feet-up channel surfing. His invention, the first wireless TV remote, began as a luxury, but with the introduction of hundreds of channels and viewing technologies it has become a necessity. Polley died of natural causes at a suburban...

R.I.P. Eugene Polley

Eugene Polley, the inventor of the TV remote, has died.  The former engineer died in hospital of natural causes on May 20 in Downers Grove, Ill. Polley was 96. In 1955 Polley developed the gun shaped wireless Flash-Matic for Zenith. The Flash-Matic pointed a beam of light at photo cells in the upper corners of the television screen. Show More Summary

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