Eugene Polley, the inventor of the TV remote, has died. The former engineer died in hospital of natural causes on May 20 in Downers Grove, Ill. Polley was 96. In 1955 Polley developed the gun shaped wireless Flash-Matic for Zenith. The Flash-Matic pointed a beam of light at photo cells in the upper corners of the television screen. Each pump of the Flash-Maticís trigger allowed viewers to change channels or volume on their sets. During his 47-year career at Zenith, Polley earned 18 TV related patients including the Flash-Matic. Polley, along with fellow Zenith engineer Bob Alder, was honored in 1997 with an Emmy for their pioneering work in TV remotes.