THE FIRST CLICK

20. June 2012, 16:03 | by WD Milner | Full Article |

Eugene Polley died last month (May 20, 2012) at the age of 96. Most people don’t recognize his name but millions have used, and continue to use, the device he invented more than fifty years ago. Eugene Polley was the father of the cordless television remote control.

Invented in 1955 by Polley, the television remote control has changed the lives of millions of people, fostered mostly friendly arguments over who gets to use it, and innumerable jokes. However Polley’s invention and its influence has reached far beyond our living rooms.

Every remote control in use today can arguably be considered the descendants of Polley’s original “ray-gun” like invention. Not just when we operate our televisions, but our stereos, start our cars remotely, turn lights and alarm systems on and off remotely, appliance and device control by smartphones and the like. This extends into industrial control as well for things such as power management, thermostatic controls, and remote communications units. It allows the military to control remote drones, and NASA to operate a rover literally a world away.

And it all began with a single click.

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Keywords: Polley,remote control,click,inventor

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