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It's hard to imagine life without remote controls, but it's been a long strange path to the modern incarnation we know, and love, today.
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Lazy Bones Ad

Zenith’s aptly named Lazy Bones was the world’s first commercially available TV remote control, but it had a hang-up, namely the cord that tethered it to the TV and posed an obvious danger during commercial breaks.

Read more: A History of TV Remote Controls