The Flash-Matic was the name of  the world’s first wireless TV remote control, and would change the way people watched TV. The television business lost one of its technological giants yesterday, as Eugene Polley died at the age of 96.

Today, wireless remote pioneered by Mr. Polley, is a standard feature on virtually all consumer electronics products. The most sophisticated digital HDTV sets have remotes with as many as 50 buttons. Of course, in 2012, virtually all television sets, set-top boxes, video players/recorders and other home entertainment components sold in the United States are equipped with remote control.