The First Television Remote Control

Submitted by: Jake_Justus 3 years ago in Tech

Remotes were a BIG deal in 1961.
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Male 1,569
I had a wireless remote that worked with a tiny speaker that made very high pitched noises. The TV was equipped with a microphone as a receiver. It was a Philips K9 chassis model in the early eighties (it was second hand).

I discovered that when I clapped my hands, the TV changed channels, and when I rattled my keys the volume went up...
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Male 2,860
For some reason I`m reminded of the remote control war with the neighbours in Poltergeist.
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Male 916
first WIRELESS remote control - before that remotes were tethered to the tv.
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Male 3,322
Imagine if someone who was awed by this TV were to suddenly find themselves in a typical Walmart electronics department today?
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Male 38,457

If we`re going down memory lane here`s two words for you....

Sylvania Bluedot.
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Female 2,927
back when it was called a clicker
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Male 7,031

Can`t believe I found this. This is the remote I described below.

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Female 2,691
Couldn`t they have gotten a narrator with a better voice than that Cagney clone?
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Male 37,697
Hours of pure pleasure!

I had a big TV with a "Space Commander ` remote control:



Not electronic! Worked with ultrasonic frequency :-)
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Male 38,457

My parents always had remotes. They hollered at one of the kids to get up and change the channel or volume for them.

Garage door opener worked the same way. As did the automatic dishwasher.
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Male 125
Well thats not gonna get lost down the back of the sofa.
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Male 38,457

I want a tv that shows everything in Dead Color.
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Male 7,031

I can`t imagine a remote more primitive than the first one my family had. It was a big hunk of clay-colored plastic with two black bars sticking out of it. You pressed one for on/off, the other for channels (no volume control). There was a metal grill at one end. Whenever you pressed down on one of the black bars, you would hear a loud puff of air blowing through the grill. It`s like the thing was operated by a little bellows. Sorry now that I didn`t keep it.
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Male 3,462
It`s witchcraft, I tells ya!
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Male 7,031
Link: The First Television Remote Control [Rate Link] - Remotes were a BIG deal in 1961.
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