The first remote control for an electronic device like the television set was developed by Zenith Radio Co-operation in 1950. The new electronic component was called “lazybones”, it had a wire running from the back of the electronic device to the remote control which should be somewhere in the middle of the living room.
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How does a remote control work?
Photo: The small infrared LED on the top of a typical remote control. The first thing you notice about a remote control unit is that it has no wires, so it has to send signals to whatever it’s operating using electromagnetic waves .
Will TV remote controls look like phones used to look like?
In a way, television remote controls look similar to how phones used to look (both landline and cellular). And I suspect we’ll see a similar transition to touch at some point.
What happens when you press the remote on a TV?
When you press the remote control, a beam of infrared radiation travels from the remote to your TV at the speed of light and the detector picks it up. Human eyes can’t detect infrared, so even if you press the buttons on your remote and stare at the LED you won’t see anything happening.
Why does my Remote Control have 20 buttons on it?
It’s no good the remote control just sending out a burst of random infrared. Clearly if your remote control has 20 or more buttons on it, it must have a way of sending out at least this many signals—each one different enough for your TV to be able to decode and understand it.
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