At the age of 96, Eugene J. Polley left, best known as the creator of the first wireless TV remote.
In 1955 Polley presented the first wireless controller to a TV called “Flash-Matic”, which allowed the TV channels to be changed with the light sensors on the TV. The pilot was actually something like a flashlight.
Although the device required a lot of precision from the user, it was a tremendous innovation in comparison with the then-wired controllers.
TV viewers have been able to easily change channels and have “channel surfing”. This, in turn, after studies showing that the ad has caused a change in the channel, has led to considerable evolution in the design of television frames and advertising policies, placing advertising blocks within broadcast programs.
Born in 1915, Eugene Polley, throughout his 47-year career at Zenith, has participated in projects developing the latest electronic technologies: from work on radar enhancements during the Second World War to video.
Polley was honored along with Robert Adler in the 1997 Emmy Award for pioneering television development.
The later model 600, already a bit reminiscent of those we know today, was based on ultrasound technology.