Eugene Polley – May he zap in Peace

Eugene Polley, the inventor of the TV remote control has passed on. His 1955 invention, the flash-matic was a comparatively simple device in view of what modern remote controls can do, but it was a first step.

Flash-Matic Remote-Controle
The 1950's flash-matic


Today, a lot of people would not know how to switch off their TV or stereo if it was not for a remote controle. Still, hardly anyone has heard the name Eugene Polley before.
Mr Polley died aged 96 and his invention is something that will be us for a very long time, at a time when you can easily receive 100+ channels. A shame the remote cannot tune up the quality of the program.