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Remote Control, Anyone?


It’s amazing how far technology has come in the last 30 years or so. Just look at this patent filing from back in 1976 for a TV remote control.

mechanical_remote_controlDespite the fact that Zenith had been working on actual wireless remotes since the 1950s, U.S. Patent 3962748 provided for a rudimentary device which allowed you to change the channel without getting your La-Z-Ass out of your La-Z-Boy. The pole had a special attachment on the end to simply let you rotate the channel knob from across the room. I’m surprised there wasn’t an attachment to fetch a beer from the fridge too.

[via Futility Closet via Boing Boing]

Comments (3):

  1. Ragnogroth says:

    If my TV had buttons, I would probably buy it! Just because it’s stupid ^^

  2. Bob Leyland says:

    This is only believable to those of us who grew up turning tv knobs and dialing rotary phones. These both seem like fiction to anyone born after 1990.

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