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    Eugene Polley, inventor of the wireless TV remote

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    I owe this man so much! Without his invention, I'd be replacing the carpet between my couch and the TV every year!

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    wireless? since when were tv remotes not wire-less? They used to be attached to a cord? Thats funny

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    I owe this guy my fat fanny! Actually I seldom use my remote as a matter of pure stubborness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pyt View Post
    wireless? since when were tv remotes not wire-less? They used to be attached to a cord? Thats funny
    The first TV remote control, "Lazy Bones", developed in 1950 by Zenith, had a cable running from the TV to the control. It wasn't until five years later that Polley created the first wireless television remote control for Zenith, the "Flash-Matic". It wasn't an ultrasonic remote though. It used photoelectric cells which were located around each corner of the TV, and the user would shine a flashlight at whatever cell was necessary to operate the tuner or turn the TV or the sound on/off. Zenith rolled out the first ultrasonic remote control a year later.

    Check this page out if you are bored or you want to learn more about the history of remote controls.
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    I can remember seeing advertisements for tv with a wired remote control...the remote was connected to the set via cord. I also recall a remote tv an aunt and uncle owned back in the early 1960's...it was wireless remote (Polley's type) which actuated a motor to turn the channel selector...you still had to get up to change the volume...that's what the kids were for.
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    As my Dad said...we don't need a remote, I have 7 daughters to get up and change the channel....lol...So glad that he came out with the remote..lol
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    When I heard this man died, I lost it. (rimshot)
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    Nice, Magnus!

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    I heard they were going to spread his ashes between the couch cushions in every home in America!

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    However what made the remote take off was whoever came up with the idea of the mute bu.....
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