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Windows 7: The TV Remote Control: Past, Present, and Future

09 Jun 2012   #1
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10
The TV Remote Control: Past, Present, and Future

Although the form, the number of buttons, and the interface may have changed since Eugene Polley's invention of the Flash-Matic TV remote in 1955, the purpose of the TV remote remains the same: Allow people to control devices and appliances wirelessly without having to get up off the couch.

There's no denying the TV remote's impact on the way we change channels, navigate a DVR, or stream Netflix movies. In honor of Polley, who passed away on May 20 at age 96, here's a look at the past, present, and future of the device, and a collection of some of the most innovative remote controls.
A Tribute to the TV Remote Control: Past, Present, and Future | PCWorld

Encapsulating the space-age futurism of the 1950s, the first wireless remote was the Flash-Matic. Eugene Polley's remote emitted a visible light beam that the user had to meticulously aim at one of four sensors on a TV set to change channels, adjust the volume, and turn the TV on or off.
(Gotta love it....looks like something straight out of Buck Rogers)
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09 Jun 2012   #2
Joan Archer

Windows 10 64bit/Windows 10 64bit/Windows 10 64bit

Reminds me of a hairdryer.
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09 Jun 2012   #3

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE

I don't see enough controls on it to perform routine remote functions.
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10 Jun 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
I don't see enough controls on it to perform routine remote functions.
It was a flashlight you pointed at the tv.
Since there are only 4 sensors on the tv, it was probably channel up, vol up & down, and power.
There were only 3 channels back then so it didn't take long to cycle through the channels.
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