Eugene Polley, inventor of TV remote, dies at 96

This undated photo provided by LG Electronics shows engineer Eugene Polley and a 1955 photo illustration provided by LG Electronics, shows an ad for a Zenith "Flash-Matic," the first wireless TV remote control. A spokesman for Zenith Electronics says Polley, the inventor of the "Flash-Matic," the first wireless TV remote control, died Sunday, May 20, 2012, of natural causes in Downers Grove, Ill. He was 96. Polley and fellow Zenith engineer Robert Adler were honored in 1997 with Emmys for their work in pioneering TV remotes. (AP Photo/LG Electronics)

May 22, 2012 6:20:02 PM PDT
Couch potatoes everywhere can pause and thank Eugene Polley for hours of feet-up channel surfing. His invention, the first wireless TV remote, began as a luxury, but with the introduction of hundreds of channels and viewing technologies it has become a necessity.