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Wednesday, 23 May 2012 - 9:31
TV remote control inventor dies at 96
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 The inventor of the television remote control has died at the age of 96.

Zenith Electronics said Eugene Polley passed away of natural causes on Sunday at a Chicago hospital.

His 1955 invention, Flash-Matic, pointed a beam of light at photo cells on each corner of the TV, turning it off and on and changing the channels.

His invention was a luxury add-on in the days before hundreds of cable television channels.

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