23 May 2012 5:42 PM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Eugene Polley, the man credit with inventing the first wireless TV remote, has died of natural causes on Sunday at a Chicago hospital. The former Zenith engineer was 96 years old. Back in 1955, if you wanted to switch channels, you would need to get off the couch, walk across the room and turn the knob. Or you could buy a new Zenith television with Flash-Matic tuning. The TV came with a green ray gun-shaped device with a red trigger and promised "TV miracles." The "flash tuned" was "absolutely harmless to human" and "you can even shut off [the sound of] annoying commercials while the picture remains on the screen." Later in his life, Polley was at an assisted-living apartment and often showed off his invention to guests. "He was a proud owner of a flat-screen TV and modern remote," said Zenith Electronics spokesman John Taylor. "He always kept his original remote control with him. »

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