A 1955 advertisement for Flash-Matic, the first wireless TV remote control
TV Remote Control Inventor Eugene Polley Dies At 96 -- BBC
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.
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My Comment: This is an invention that has influenced .... and is still influencing .... everyone.