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BEST OF 2012– We Lost the Remote...'s Inventor
Eugene Polley isn’t a household name to the average person, but it damn well should be. He passed away yesterday at the age of 96. I’d like to PAUSE for a moment, and reflect back on this unsung hero.
The box, clicker, flipper, changer, remote control- Many names, same vital piece of technology. Few people could have predicted the impact of the “flash tuner” when Polley introduced it to the world in 1955. But FAST-FORWARD nearly 60 years, and there isn’t a household without one.
Polley put the POWER in the palm of our hands. Could you imagine if we still had to get up to change the channel?
So raise your remotes in honor of Eugene Polley, inventor of the remote control. Couch potatoes everywhere thank you for your contribution.
Posted by Kyle
Eugene Polley, Wireless Remote Inventor
Eugene Polley enabled us to watch TV from the couch and bed, flipping channels, muting sound and turning the TV off with a push of a button. What’s most interesting about his invention is that It was promoted as an ad canceling device.
Today, we set the DVR using the remote control to skip through ads. The remote is powerful because it gives people the ability to customize their TV viewing experience without interruption. As I wrote yesterday, right now we’re still seeing a manually operated social world. While the iPhone remote is naturally in our hands it makes it even more difficult to silence the noise. Status posts can be just as annoying to the experience as irrelevant commercials. Instead of editing, how about one button that turns all social channels off so we don’t get bombarded by push notifications, nor will we have tendency to check our feeds. We need a wireless social remote like we did the TV remote where all broadcasts can silenced with a touch of a button.
You can even shut off annoying commercials while the picture remains on the screen. (link)