Channel surfers everywhere, please bow your heads and hit mute for a moment of silence.
Eugene Polley, inventor of the first wireless TV remote has died.Zenith's original TV remoteThe Associated Press reports Polley died Sunday in suburban Chicago. He was 96.
According to Zenith Electronics spokesman John Taylor, Polley, a former engineer for Zenith, was proud of his invention.
He would show visitors at his assisted-living apartment his original Flash-Matic and explain how it had evolved into the technology of today.
"He was a proud owner of a flat-screen TV and modern remote," Taylor said."”He always kept his original remote control with him."
Polley’s Flash-Matic pointed a beam of light at photo cells in the corners of the television screen. Each corner activated a different function, turning the picture and sound off and on, and changing the channels.
During his 47-year career as an engineer, Polley earned 18 U.S. patents.