'Flash-matic' (remote control) inventor dies

'Flash-matic' (remote control) inventor dies

The man who invented the remote control has died at the age of 96.

Eugene Polley inspired a generation of channel hoppers when he developed a device called the Flash-Matic in 1955.

It shone a beam of light at receptor cells on television sets and enabled people to switch channels.

His former employer - Zenith Electronics - says he died of natural causes at a hospital in Chicago.


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