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    Default Eugene Polley, inventor of TV remote, dies at 96

    Eugene Polley, inventor of TV remote, dies at 96





    CHICAGO (AP) - 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.

    Just ask anyone who's lost a remote.

    Polley died of natural causes Sunday May 20, 2012 at a suburban Chicago hospital, said Zenith Electronics spokesman John Taylor. The former Zenith engineer was 96.

    In 1955, if you wanted to switch TV channels from "Arthur Godfrey" to "Father Knows Best," you got up from your chair, walked across the room and turned a knob. Clunk. Clunk. Clunk.

    Or you could buy a new Zenith television with Flash-Matic tuning. The TV came with a green ray gun-shaped contraption with a red trigger. The advertising promised "TV miracles." The "flash tuner" was "Absolutely harmless to humans!" Most intriguing of all: "You can even shut off annoying commercials while the picture remains on the screen."

    Polley was proud of his invention even late in life, Taylor said. He showed visitors at his assisted-living apartment his original Flash-Matic and how it had evolved into the technology of today. "He was a proud owner of a flat-screen TV and modern remote," Taylor said. "He always kept his original remote control with him."

    Polley's Flash-Matic pointed a beam of light at photo cells in the corners of the television screen. Each corner activated a different function, turning the picture and sound off and on, and changing the channels.

    Chicago native Polley and fellow Zenith engineer Robert Adler were honored in 1997 with an Emmy for their work in pioneering TV remotes. In 2009, he received the Masaru Ibuka Consumer Electronics Award from the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers.

    During his 47-year career as an engineer, Polley earned 18 U.S. patents. At Zenith, he worked his way up from the stockroom, according to a biography from Lincolnshire, Ill.-based LG Electronics, which owns Zenith. Polley also worked on radar advances for the U.S. Department of Defense during World War II. He helped develop the push-button radio for automobiles and the video disk, a forerunner of today's DVD.
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    rest in peace, Mr. Polley. *click*

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    Mr Polley, rest in peace.

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    "Harmless to humans".... as long as the missus has the remote! Amirite guys!? Ha ha!

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    Folks stopped by to pay their respects, but quickly moved on to see if the next funeral was more interesting.

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    RIP Mr Eugene. God bless you
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    Did they try turning his batteries round, pressing his nipples really, really hard or smacking him against the coffee table?....You know, just to make sure he was dead?

    Yeah, yeah....It was bound to be someone that cracked it.

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    I thought that Star Trek invented those or it was reversed engineered from Roswell? RIP
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    He will be laid to rest between some couch cushions with a handful of spare change, some popcorn kernels and assorted amounts of pet hair.

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    They buried him in the last place anyone would think to look for him.
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    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA I just died laughing over these repsonses!!! Not as much as he died, but still!
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    This was a great man. We should build a monument to him.
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    I remember years ago there was a tv that you could go push a button on the set and the remote would start beeping if u couldn't find it. That should be on every tv, that was the second best invention ever.
    Dealing with it.

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