Self-taught Chicago mechanical engineer Eugene Polley invented the first wireless TV remote control in 1955, but his contribution was nearly erased by later innovations.
Polley, a self-taught mechanical engineer from Chicago, invented the television remote control in 1955. The Flash-Matic looked like a science-fiction ray gun. It operated the boob tube with beams of light. "My father wore hand-me-down clothes. Nobody would pitch in to help him with an education." — Gene Polley Jr. Polley in World War II helped develop radar, night vision and proximity fuses, which used radio waves to ignite ordnance. Dr. Robert Adler soon replaced Eugene Polley in the eyes of the industry as the inventor of the TV remote. "Eugene Polley was a scrappy mechanical engineer, a scrappy Chicago guy." — John Taylor Polley and Adler shared an Emmy Award in 1997 for "pioneering development of wireless remote control for consumer television." Kerry J. Byrne is a lifestyle reporter with Fox News Digital.
He envisioned a future in which we never had to leave the couch or twitch any muscle more than a finger.