Eugene Polley, the inventor of the TV remote, died May 20 of natural causes. He was 96. In 1955, the former engineer developed for Zenith the gun-shaped wireless Flash-Matic, which pointed a beam of light at photo cells in the upper corners of the television screen. Each pump of the Flash-Matic’s trigger allowed viewers to change channels or volume on their sets. During his 47-year career at Zenith, Polley earned 18 TV-related patents. Along with fellow Zenith engineer Bob Alder, he was honored in 1997 with an Emmy for their pioneering work in TV remotes.
R.I.P. Eugene Polley
What's Hot on Deadline
James Franco & Maggie Gyllenhaal 1970s Porn HBO Series 'The Deuce': It's Not Misogyny, It's Business - TCA
Netflix 'Triple Frontier' Eyes August Start; Mark Wahlberg, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund, Pedro Pascal In Talks
Trevor Noah Discusses Donald Trump Transgender Troop Firing With Two Army Veterans On 'The Daily Show'
Latest TV News
- Canal Plus Books Appointment With Joann Sfar’s ‘Monsters’ Shrink’ Vampire Series
- June Foray Dies: Voice Of Rocky From ‘The Bullwinkle Show’ Was 99
- Trevor Noah Discusses Donald Trump Transgender Troop Firing With Two Army Veterans On ‘The Daily Show’
- Stephen Colbert Blasts Donald Trump For Firing Transgender Troops By Tweet
- Jimmy Fallon Invites Transgender Comedian To Ding Donald Trump’s Military Ban On ‘Tonight Show’
- HBO Boss On Jon Stewart’s Scrapped Animated Series & Possible Late-Night Return