Mr Remote dies
May 23, 2012
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.
Polley and fellow Zenith engineer Robert Adler were honoured in 1997 with an Emmy for their work in pioneering TV remotes. In 2009, he received the Masaru Ibuka consumer electronics award from the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers.