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Inventor of TV remote control dies

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Inventor of TV remote control dies

TV remote control inventor Eugene Polley dies at 96
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His 1955 invention, Flash-Matic, pointed a beam of light at photo cells on each corner of the TV, turning it off and on and changing the channels.

I never before know who invented the TV remote but my hat comes off to him.
Oh, the days of having to get off the chair to press Button B Cheesy

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To think it only really became widespread in the 80's yet was around for longer than that! Must be said it's certainly a great invention!
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Remember the "remote" that was connected via a cable? with just a channel change button...but then it only needed 4 clicks to span the entire spectrum.
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My third remote control worked by 40khz ultrasonics.
(Sub harmonics ? drove the dog nuts)
Picking up or Jangling keys changed channels !
My first remote .... a long stick !
My second remote .... my girlfriend, later my wife !

Look at your current remote led when a key is pressed, through a digital camera lens / display !!!!!
My previous TV, the remote receiver was useless whilst CFL energy saving lights warmed up.
Switch TV on, select channel & volume, then turn lights on.

With my SKY remote, I can change channels from another room, by bouncing IR off 3 walls, and through 2 open doors.
Just have to get the angle right. SKY box feeds 2 rooms, bedroom and Study.
Amazing technology advance.
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Remember the "remote" that was connected via a cable? with just a channel change button...but then it only needed 4 clicks to span the entire spectrum.

I remember having an old TV with a wired remote...... it consisted of a tobacco tin, 4 "cermit" ( I think) pre-set potentiometers, and 4 miniature switches in a line on the lid.....you could tune the channels by the potentiometers, and change them with the switches,....... so long as only 1 out of the 4 were in the "on" postion.....
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Look at your current remote led when a key is pressed, through a digital camera lens / display !!!!!

Hold it near an untuned AM radio and get sound too !
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Great invention. Shame the user interface hasn't been standardised and made easier - every TV, DVD/blu-ray, or similar device works differently, has a different layout of remote control, and is not intuitive to operate.  And yet everyone knows how to work a telephone, calculator, QWERTY keyboard etc because the interfaces are easy and standard.
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All of my remotes, TV's, PVR's etc, with the exception of two, have Volume Up / Down on the left, and Prog (page) Up / Down on the right.
That's two out of ten ! (The same PVR in 2 rooms)
The number of times I do the opposite on this one remote is annoying.
And no, I don't like All-in-One combination remote controls with several items on one remote.
My stuff has far too many specific functions, which I use, for this.
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and what right has Mav to report on a death Cheesy Grin Crazy

Not all remotes work on a LED contact, some use Radio frequencies around corners and from another room
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saw an advert for TV's with motion detectors and voice control, You are the remote.  Wonder what happens during a bad bout of sneezing
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When will 'remote controllers' be incorporated into smart phones, seems this is the next technological step.
(Apart from smart phone with mini USB ports allowing the 'plug-in' of external disk drive, Keyboard, Mouse and external monitor)
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I think I've already seen that somewhere, as a TV remote.
(found a couple + 1)
http://www.samsung.com/uk/article/turn-your-tv-on-to-a-galaxy-of-remote-possibilities
http://news.cnet.com/8301-31021_3-20074215-260/turning-your-smartphone-into-a-smarter-tv-remote/


And a child's toy car, etc controller. (For Adults too !)
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Great invention. Shame the user interface hasn't been standardised and made easier - every TV, DVD/blu-ray, or similar device works differently, has a different layout of remote control, and is not intuitive to operate.  And yet everyone knows how to work a telephone, calculator, QWERTY keyboard etc because the interfaces are easy and standard.

Rubbish!
Every remote control I've had with numbers has started with the number 1 at the top left and the number 9 at the bottom right. It's the calculator that has never conformed with the number 1 at the bottom left and 9 and the top right  Wink
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It's the calculator that has never conformed with the number 1 at the bottom left and 9 and the top right  Wink

I know, just doesn't add up, does it Wink

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Lol  Cheesy
I'll certainly take away a laugh from that!
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