Eugene Polley, the inventor of the television remote control, has died at the age of 96. His original design, named the Zenith Flashmatic, was created in 1955 but it was not until the 1970s that it began to arrive in homes. British inventor Trevor Bayliss OBE described Eugene Polly's product as "extraordinary", citing catch-up television and the use of many channels as results of the invention. Guardian columnist Zoe Williams suggested that the remote control has even changed the nature of the programmes we watch, making them more immediate and simple. She also referred to the remote control as a "power symbol" within many households. Eugene Polley died of natural causes in Illinois.