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May 23, 2012 5:12 AM by Kate Richards

Inventor of TV Remote control dies

The inventor of the TV remote has died at age 96.

Eugene Polley, died of natural causes on Sunday. His family says he passed away in a suburban Chicago hospital.

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.

Polley's product was around by 1955, but it didn't become popular until cable TV was introduced.

 

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