Patt Morrison for May 23, 2012

Eugene Polley goes out with a 'click'

2012 Consumer Electronics Show Showcases Latest Technology Innovations

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Updated Google TV remote with backlit keyboard is on the back on display at the Sony booth at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 11, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

You might not know Eugene Polley, but you know the change he made in your life. Because of Polley, you can turn your television on and off without leaving the couch. Polley patented several versions of the remote control, beginning with the “Flash-matic” in 1955, and went on to create push-button radios and the video disk, which predates today’s now almost outdated DVDs. Polley died today at the age of 96. Join Patt as she talks to David Lazarus about Polley’s legacy.

Guest:

David Lazarus, business columnist for the Los Angeles Times


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